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Video: Knife-wielding suspect repeatedly charges officer despite being shot

Police caution tape. (TNS/Released)
December 30, 2020

A police officer in Daytona Beach, Fla. shot a suspect who was charging at her with a “sharp object” during a response to a reported domestic disturbance.

According to a Daytona Beach Police Department press release, the incident occurred at 9:51 p.m. on December 17 after an argument between two men at the Icon One Apartments caused a disturbance.

In a video of the incident, the officer arrives on scene in her police cruiser before asking dispatch for “another unit,” adding that the assailant, later identified as 25-year-old Andrew A. Mansilla, was “real aggressive and he looks like he has a knife in his hand.”

Watch the newly released bodycam footage below (but beware of its graphic nature):

The officer tells dispatch that she is backing away before exiting her vehicle and, with her gun drawn, demanding Mansilla get on the ground.

The suspect is then seen running toward the officer who repeatedly shouts, “Get on the ground.”

“Don’t make me shoot you,” the officer shouted just before firing a single shot, striking the suspect.

Mansilla falls to the ground and almost immediately stands back up, running once again toward the officer, who continued telling him to get on the ground before firing three more shots.

The suspect goes limp, falling to the ground and bleeding heavily from a bullet wound in his neck.

“It’s an artery on his neck,” a second officer says while holding the unconscious Mansilla’s bleeding wound.

The officers immediately treated Mansilla’s wounds who was then transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in critical condition. He passed away less than a week later.

WKMG reported that the 911 operator could hear screaming. Another caller told the operator that one of the men threatened to stab someone if police showed up.

“If I see a cop, I’m going to stab a [expletive]!” the man threatened, according to WKMG.  

The following day, the Daytona Beach Police Department held a press conference where Police Chief Jakari Young told reporters law enforcement tried tasering the suspect in an effort to subdue him, but the attempt had no effect.

“It was not enough to stop the threat,” Chief Young said. “The subject continued to advance towards officers where thee more shots were fired.”

According to Young, the incident was the second time officers had dealt with Mansilla that day.

“We also encountered him earlier tonight on another call, where, I believe it was his other half, was armed with a knife and was involved in a separate altercation,” the chief said. “So, this was the second time we came in contact with this gentleman in the same shift.”

Mansilla was also previously accused of attacking a security officer after breaking into the Rolex Tower at Daytona International Speedway in early November.