This police officer is outmatched in hand to hand combat and could have been strangled to death if backup didn’t arrive. He is also lucky that the suspect wasn’t able to apply a more effective choke earlier, otherwise there would have been plenty of time to strangle unconscious and murder the officer.
This video demonstrates that guns are not a trump card and can potentially be overcome even by a person who is unarmed. It is also important to recognise that grappling skills in this specific situation represent the only way to survive.
Incident from Sydney, Australia.
The footage shows a 28-year-old woman holding down a 13-year-old boy, waving a knife around and yelling “I’m going to kill someone” and repeatedly declaring she is an “ice addict”.
Police officers approached the woman from the front, while one officer came in from behind her to pull her off the teen, dragging her away before three other officers hold her to the ground.
The woman can be heard screaming while the officers detain her.
The boy then escaped and was not physically injured during the incident.
Key mistake is that the police officer fails to keep a safe distance or at least adopt a defensive posture and bladed stance while close to the suspect. Incident appears to be mental health related.
Police officer takes down belligerent woman with an upper body takedown.
Bystanders fail to assist while officer loses position of control.
A police officer draws her weapon and covers the suspect within arm’s reach on a bus. A struggle for the gun ensues before a second officer assists.
- A suspect may not comply even with a gun drawn on them
- Maintaining a safe distance is necessary even if the suspect is unarmed
- Entering the bus was completely unnecessary in the first instance as it only created more risk due to the confined space
- Grappling and ground fighting skills are still required even if guns are available
This man was shot several times before being incapacitated by a fatal round.