A man was shot and killed by police while he was filming a Facebook livestream during a traffic stop in Alamo, Tennessee.
Rodney James Hess, 36, was shot at around 2.15pm on Thursday while fiance Johnisha Provost watched helplessly online.
In the harrowing video, Rodney can be heard asking to speak with a higher authority before being shot dead through the window of his car.
As reported by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Hess had attempted to hit the police ‘at least twice’ with his car and was acting erratically.
When the police approach him to exit his vehicle, Hess can be heard saying he wanted to speak to ‘the higher commands’ before gun shots were fired and he is heard screaming in pain.
The 36-year-old from New Orleans was visiting his mother in Memphis, and his fiance claims he was ‘asking for help’ from the police, ‘not on a suicide mission’.
Johnisha told the Commercial Appeal on Friday:
He was not trying to harm anybody. He was asking them for help and they shot him down.
He couldn’t get his mind together. That’s why he asked for a higher command.
I always told him, “Babe, if you are ever in a situation where you need help, ask the person in charge for the higher command to help you,” and that’s what he kept saying.
Hess’ cousins reported that he suffered from mental illness but was a ‘father, son and hard worker’ despite that.
The father-of-three was unarmed when the police deputies opened fire through his windscreen.
Don Rousan, the lawyer representing Hess’ family said he was not a threat to the police when they shot him and was not being aggressive towards them.
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