The State Attorney at the Fourth Judicial Court in Northeast Florida justified the fatal shooting of a woman who stabbed a police officer in Jacksonville.
Authorities released a body camera video of the clash that occurred in front of a house in the northwestern part of the city on April 11. According to local reports, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officers answered a call about a dispute between their roommates.
In the video, when a female officer comes to the door, Leah Baker leaps out with a large knife in her hand and stabs the officer in the arm.
“I just got stabbed,” the officer said on his radio as he retreated.
The injured officer tells Baker to lie down and drop the knife before firing two shots. The officer’s partner tells the woman to drop the knife.
The woman then rushed towards the second officer and then fired a few shots, knocking her down.
In the video, the woman lies on the floor for a while but tries to get up. More officers arrive with their weapons drawn. He then gets attached to a K-9 woman’s leg, and officers use an eraser on him.
Baker later died in hospital.
Mechling tells the woman to drop the knife and lie down. Baker momentarily drops the blade before attempting to lift it again. Mechling then opens fire.
Seconds later, a second officer, John Nobles, can rest in Mechling’s video telling Baker to drop the knife. You can hear the mechling yell commands again.
Then you see Baker attacking Nobles, an 18-year veteran of JSO, with a knife. The nobles then open fire.
The JSO says it was about the shooting of Nobles’s fifth officer and he was Mechling’s first officer.
The investigation by the State Attorney General’s Critical Incident (OICI) team justified the shooting.
Baker’s roommate told Action News Jax that his mental health was deteriorating. He had worked as a bakery before, and was also previously arrested on domestic violence charges.