Florida police released a video of the shooting of former New York Giants running back Jermaine Green as he held his girlfriend at knife-point in his home.
Police responded to an eminent threat at Green’s home in Daytona Beach at 2:45 a.m. on Sept. 25.
Green, 32, was a running back at Washington State University. He signed with the Giants in 2004, but never took the field. He was cut from the team months later.
“He’s about to kill her,” a witness at the scene told police.
Lapel cameras on the officers’ shows Green holding Johnson at knife point. He then back into a bedroom and falls on the bed with her.
On video, police can be heard repeatedly tell him to drop his weapon.
“Let her go dude; let her go,” an officer yells. “Let her go man. I’m telling you right now. Don’t do it!”
Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said Johnson believes Green was going to kill her and that cops saved her life.
In the video, Green can be seen lowering the knife onto Johnson’s chest.
Chitwood told WESH 2 News that investigators reviewed the video and broke it down frame by frame.
“There’s a point in there where you can actually see the knife start to bend because he’s pushing in with that much force into her chest,” Chitwood said.
Johnson tried to roll away, but Green was too close for her to be out of harm’s way. That’s when officer’s fired.
He was shot four times in the leg and once in the stomach when he refused to drop the knife he was holding to his girlfriend’s chest.
His girlfriend, Katrina Johnson, was accidentally hit in the arm during the gunfire.
"Do you stand there and let him stab her through the heart, or do you take action? And the officers had to take action, and I'm proud of them, and they did the right thing," said Chitwood.
Green was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery.
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