HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Police bodycam video obtained by Channel 9 shows what happened when officers confronted an armed man inside Novant Health’s Huntersville Medical Center last September.
Officers were called to the hospital on Gilead Road to investigate reports of a man with a gun who had fired several shots.
The video shows the officers carefully moving through the halls with shields in front of them before they came upon 76-year-old Joseph Cook, a Florida Hurricane Irma evacuee, holding a gun in a nurse's station.
In the audio, you hear officers tell Cook "sir, show me your hands, show me your hands. Do it now!" before shooting him repeatedly.
In December, the Mecklenburg County district attorney announced that no charges will be filed against Officers Michael Joseph and Travis Watts - who killed Cook.
District Attorney Spencer Merriweather also released pictures that show Cook roaming the halls in a hospital gown with a gun in his hand.
In an interview with the district attorney's office, Watts said that he advised Cook several times to drop the weapon. He also said that when he made a side step, Cook moved his gun as if he was tracking Watts’ movements. Watts stated that he thought Cook was going to shoot him.
Both Joseph and Watts fired their guns at Cook. The medical examiner determined that Cook was shot between eight and 11 times, and that shots from either weapon would have been lethal.
Merriweather determined that because Cook pointed a gun at a police officer, no charges would be filed since the officers acted within the bounds of the law.
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