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Dash cam video shows man charging at police with long machete moments before being gunned down

By Mason White 9:53 AM June 9, 2013
Scene of the shooting 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) Months after a controversial police shooting, a video was released showing the suspect charging at police officers with a long machete moments before being gunned down, according to video released by Texas police.

One of the last pieces of the puzzle finally has been revealed six months after an Alto man was shot dead by police.

Police car dash cam video of the night James Eric Griffin, 48, was shot by Alto police officer Brandon Michael Smith, has been released to the public.

Police say Griffin tried to steal a pack of cigarettes from Pic-N-Go, before charging at police officers. In the convenience store video, Griffin is seen pulling out a 3-foot machete from his pants after the store owner confronted him.

“He pulled out his machete and told me he was going to cut me,” store clerk Amad Meaye said.
That’s when officer Smith was sent to the scene.
In dash cam video, Griffin is seen taking out the machete as he walks towards Smith.

“Woah Woah Woah, put that knife down!” Smith said.
Griffin left the frame of the video, but you can hear eight rounds being fired. Smith is seen backing up his car when he calls for backup. It took eight minutes before help arrived.

This case has been very controversial because many people believe it was murder.
“I hope you see it for what it was. A Murder,” Herman Martin, an Alto resident, said.