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Body camera video shows how incident escalated to deadly officer-involved shooting in Marion

Police claim the suspect, 34-year-old William White, was armed, ignored the officer's commands and reached for the officer's gun before the officer shot him.

MARION, Ind. — On Wednesday, 13News got an exclusive look at unedited body cam footage from a deadly officer-involved shooting earlier this month.

A Marion police officer shot 34-year-old William White after the department says he picked up a gun after a scuffle with the officer.

13News reporter John Doran went to the Marion Police Department to look at hours of unedited footage of the entire incident and what followed.

Since Marion police officers are assigned solo patrol duties in each squad car, only one body camera captured the entire incident. We sat with police to view the unedited footage to see the whole incident and what happened after it unfolded.  

The video was from four officers who responded to the scene. We were not permitted to record the video we watched.

Marion police reported their officers were called shortly before 4 a.m. Feb. 5 to investigate shots fired in the 1500 block of South Florence Street and, based on information they received, they started looking for a gold SUV.

A Marion officer stopped a gold Saturn Vue nearby on Curfman Road that White was driving. 

The Marion Police Department previously shared body camera video that showed the officer's interaction with White up to the moment of the shooting.

Posted by Marion Police (Indiana) on Sunday, February 5, 2023

In the video, the officer gets out of his patrol car after pulling White over. Before the officer gets to White's vehicle, White has gotten out of the vehicle and started walking away. 

The officer asked him to stay in his vehicle but White allegedly refused. 

That's when White starts running. The officer can be heard saying, "He's running. Stop! Police! You're going to get tased!" 

The officer tased White to get him to comply but the taser was ineffective.

White showed a handgun and then he dropped it. 

The officer said White continued to ignore verbal commands and reached for the officer's gun, then picked up the gun he had dropped. That's when the officer shot White once, according to Marion police.

Medics and officers rendered aid, but White died.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

Marion police said that the scene was secured and they contacted State Police to take over the investigation. 

Marion police followed department protocols to put the officer on leave pending the outcome of the state police investigation.

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