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Mental patient raises weapon at officers in newly released video of fatal OIS

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A Virginia man, who was taken in for mental health evaluation and treatment, ended up dead after pointing a gun at Arlington Police officers the next day.

Now, dash camera footage shows that 31-year-old Nicholas Walker had a firearm, and officers were forced to open fire when Walker did not stop.

Walker was under investigation for the invasive recording of a minor and was taken to a facility for a mental evaluation on Friday.

The following day, police were called to Walker’s residence after they were informed he attacked another man with a baseball bat.

“At that point, officers gave him loud verbal commands as you’ll see from the video footage that we’re releasing for him to get his hands up. The suspect pulled what officers believed to be a handgun from the front of his waistband, took a shooting stance and pointed the gun at the officers. Three officers discharged their duty weapons, striking the suspect,” said Lt. Chris Cook with Arlington PD.

According to Fox4, police believe it was a case of suicide by cop.

“He told me that he was suicidal, that he had to spend a couple of hours in JPS the night before, so that would have been Friday night. He told me during the same conversation that he had filled the bathtub up with water and threw the toaster oven inside the bathwater that he was in,” said Eric Zidek, Walker’s friend.

The shooting is under investigation.

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