- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are seeking video footage of Chattanooga police fatally shooting a man they say threatened a child and an officer who tried to help.

Police said officers found Javario (ha-BA’-ree-oh) Eagle armed and with the child about noon Saturday. Police said Eagle entered and exited a house multiple times, refusing to follow officers’ directions. They said that at one point, he exited holding the child and brandishing a knife and firearm.

Police said the child escaped and was rescued by an officer. Police then opened fire after they say Eagle “moved aggressively” toward the officer and child, brandishing the weapons.

The police statement seeking video doesn’t specify what kind of footage authorities want.

When asked whether seeking video was standard, police Chief Fred Fletcher told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/1NO1dV2 ) “it will become common procedure” if it hasn’t been.



Fletcher said the officers involved in the incident have been given seven days’ leave, which he says is standard procedure.

A friend told The Times Free Press that he saw Eagle about three days before the incident said called his behavior is puzzling. David Bentley described Eagle as a normal person who didn’t seem violent.

“He was a silly person,” Bentley said. “He always liked to joke at people, make fun of people. … I don’t know what made him do that, though. I wish he had never done it.”

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