‘What I Did Saved My Life’: Arkansas Man Defends Decision to Not Comply With Officer’s Demands Out of Fear of Getting Shot

An Arkansas man has been arrested after failing to comply with a local police officer, but he says he did so because he was afraid for his life.

The incident occurred in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, at a closed Double Quick convenience store. Ed Truitt met family there to head back home to Jonesboro, Arkansas, this past weekend. He told WREQ he was parked at the store just after 3 a.m. Sunday, May 26. But his Facebook Live stream of the police encounter showed things began around 11:50 p.m. Saturday night.

“As we were leaving out, a car jumped in front of me, so I hit my brakes to let them go by,” Truitt tells the news outlet.

He also said he was trying to leave the parking lot but police cars began showing up. Officers demanded everyone clear the lot and he was blocked in. Things escalated from that point on.

Once an officer approaches, that’s when Truitt’s stream picks up.

“I started rolling because he jumped out with his gun,” Truitt told the local news.

“Shut the car off!” the unidentified officer shouted repeatedly in the video as he shined a bright flashlight into the vehicle.

“No, my hand’s in the air. My hand’s in the air.” Truitt said repeatedly, his hand outside the open window of the car and the other filming on his cell phone. “Shoot me. … My hand’s in the air. … I ain’t moving my hands. He trying to shoot me.”

“You failed to comply with the lawful order,” said the officer after earlier stating he wouldn’t shoot Truitt but still pointing his gun into the car. He also stated he was filming too, later noting he had a body camera. “You were told to leave the parking lot.”













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