KLTV – On Tuesday, police released video of the altercation between officers and a man outside a restaurant in Palestine. On Sunday, May 31, police shot and killed 47-year-old James D. Bushey. He was suspected of stealing beer from a store and hiding in a nearby restaurant. Bushey was shot by police after he pointed a weapon at an officer. The body camera footage shows Sergeant Gabriel Green and Officer Kaylynn Griffin entering the Applebee’s restaurant, looking for a suspect that has been described to them as a male wearing a black t-shirt, a black cap and tan shorts. The officers located Bushey in the men’s restroom and Sgt. Green waited for Bushey to finish washing his hands. In the released video, Bushey asks Sgt. Green, “What do you need?” Green responds, “You’re a suspect in reference to a theft case. I need you to step out please.” When Bushey does not respond, Green says, “Don’t act dumb, come on and step out, you’re on video, ok?” Griffin then joined Green and Bushey in the restroom, and both officers are shown leading Bushey through the restaurant. As the three exit the building, Officer Griffin asks Bushey for his identification. In the video, Bushey is seen placing his hand close to his body and then pulling out what appears to be a handgun. After a brief struggle, Bushey breaks away from Green and the officers respond with gunfire. On the scene, Griffin’s body camera captured up close her attempt to render aid and CPR to revive Bushey. She also recounts to another officer what happened. “He looked like he was about to run, I got in front of him,” Griffin says. “[Bushey] turned and pulled the gun, that was it.” Police later determined the weapon was a BB gun designed to look like a 9 mm handgun, leaving unanswered questions about why Bushey drew the firearm in the first place. Last week, a grand jury determined that the use of deadly force was justified.
You know the phrase “You come at the King, you best not miss?” Well thats kinda like this situation here. “If you’re gonna pull a gun on 2 cops outside an Applebee’s, don’t whip it out like a DOOFUS and get obliterated with bullets.” And it was a fucking BB gun too. What was the point of that? What the fuck were you gonna do with that? Guy clearly didn’t think this one through. He stayed too muddy, I guess.
Thats just Texas life for you though. Everyone walking around with some kinda firearm. Quiet dinner at Applebees can turn into gun fights in the blink of an eye. Everybody is strapped and ready to use deadly force.
PS – That first person footage brought me right back to the days of Doom and Wolfenstein