When Joshua Hilling of the Glendale, Ohio, police department spotted a man walking along Interstate 75 last week, the officer exited his cruiser to have a chat with the pedestrian, given his action was a no-no.
But that was tame compared to what the man did next — and Hilling’s bodycam captured it all.
At first, things appeared calm. The man told Hilling his name was Carlos Ambrella, but also mentioned that he had no identification.
Little did the officer know he was talking to Javier Pablo Aleman, 46, who was wanted by Maryland authorities in connection with a fatal stabbing.
And when Hilling led Aleman to his cruiser so he could pat him down for weapons, Aleman turned on Hilling, pulled out an 8-inch knife and began walking toward him.
Hilling can be seen on his bodycam pulling out his gun — then yelling to dispatch that he had just fired it and hit the man in the abdomen.
But Aleman got up from the asphalt and continued walking toward Hilling, telling him, “Kill me! Kill me!”
Hilling continued to back up on the highway, yelling at Aleman to put down his knife and get down on the ground.
But even after other officers arrived — and while southbound drivers who were backed up on I-75 watched it all unfold — Aleman refused to comply.
At one point Aleman walked by what appeared to be a civilian’s red car which had pulled over to the highway shoulder, and the tension mounted as police literally pleaded with Aleman to surrender.
“Sir, let us help you,” Hilling was heard saying as officers closed in on Aleman before he was shot with a taser and taken into custody.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters called Hilling “one brave individual,” WCPO-TV reported, and indicated Tuesday that no charges would be filed against the 30-year-old officer for shooting Aleman during the March 29 incident.
“I’m not going to speak for the chief or the sheriff, but Joshua Hilling deserves a medal for what he did,” Deters said, the station reported.
“He got a bad hombre off the street,” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil added, WCPO reported.
Watch the incident below (WARNING: NSFW LANGUAGE):
This article originally appeared on The Blaze.