Oklahoma police have started to release details about a scary hostage situation where a 2-year-old girl was held at knife-point by a man at a local Walmart. During the incident, which was caught on tape by the store’s surveillance video camera, police shot and killed the suspect, Sammie Wallace.
"You can't make this up," said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes. "This is real life and it happened."
Clabes said the hostage situation was akin to something that would have happened in a movie.
"You've got the ingredients of a two and a half year old helpless victim, you've got a mother who has to standby helplessly and watch as her daughter is being held by a mental patient with a knife, and you have our officers responding," he said.
During the incident, Wallace took the little girl from a shopping cart and held a knife to her stomach.
"You could see the knife," said Terry Parker, a witness. "You could see the baby, and you could see the mama." In an effort to help the girl, Parker used his shopping cart to block Wallace with his cart until police arrived.
"If that gentleman was to come my direction he would have to go through me or my cart to do that," Parker said.
Eventually, hostage negotiations began, The Sun-Sentinel reported.
"During negotiations they try all kinds of cues," Clabes said. "We try to talk about his family, his job, how the child is not afraid of him."
As talks broke down, Wallace started a countdown to harm the child.
"We waited until the last second in our opinion to use deadly force," Clabes said.
However, when Wallace neared zero in the countdown, the negotiator was forced to shoot him.
"When he took that shot he made sure he was at point-blank range to make sure there was no ability to harm that child," Clabes said.
The little girl was uninjured and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said the officer was justified to shoot Wallace.
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