November 25, 2023

Video captured of moment a knife wielding suspect charged TN officer

Authorities in Tennessee say a man tried to rob an employee of an armored car company and then ran at law enforcement with two knives before he was shot and killed by a police officer. 

Newly released bodycam footage shows the moments before the officer fired his gun and killed the man, as the New York Post reported.

According to the Murfreesboro Police Department, authorities were contacted about an attempted robbery in progress and dispatched an officer to respond.

The Attack

The suspect, Steven James Murphy, 44, was attempting to rob a worker who was refilling cash in an automated teller machine at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

After the worker pulled a gun on Murphy, the suspect rushed into a nearby deli. This information came from Larry Flowers, a spokesperson for the Murfreesboro Police Department, who appeared at a news conference.

Officer Adam Claiborne, who was first on the scene, can be seen on the video walking up to the deli and opening the door. After entering the establishment, he yelled and yelling "hey" to Murphy, who was working behind the counter.

After that, Murphy turned around and rushed toward the officer while holding two blades high above his head in both hands. The next thing that is shown is Claiborne calling at Murphy to put down the knives before he fired several shots.

The Aftermath

Flowers reported that Murphy was unable to recover from the effects of his injuries and passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.

"The 44-year-old male suspect has passed away. The officer has been placed on routine administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation," the Murfreesboro police department said in a tweet about the attack.

"Preliminary investigation shows the man not only tried to rob the armored van worker, but the Jason Deli as well," the statement added.

Authorities reported that the officer in question, the worker from the armored car, and the six employees working in the deli did not sustain any injuries.

Investigation into the shooting is now being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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