Dramatic moment Las Vegas police shoot naked man outside church as he races for the pistol he had previously been brandishing while threatening suicide
- Jason Funke, 25, was spotted naked outside a church with a loaded pistol
- Police surrounded him and it looked like he would give himself up peacefully
- He dropped his gun and walked towards police with his hands on his hear
- But then he turned and ran back to the gun, forcing an officer to shoot him
- He was hit in the shoulder but is in stable condition in hospital
- Police say he'd threatened suicide at the scene and had a history of depression
This is the terrifying moment that a Las Vegas cop is forced to shoot down a naked man before he can reach the loaded pistol he previously dropped.
Police were called out to Life Springs Christian Church, in a busy area of Las Vegas, at 11am on Saturday after reports of that a naked, suicidal man was brandishing a gun.
They arrived to find Jason David Funke, 25, sitting nude in an alcove by the church - starting a bizarre and frightening negotiation.
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Dramatic: This is the moment that a police helicopter filmed Jason David Funke naked with a gun outside a Las Vegas church. Funke then picked it up and walked forward
Deceptive: At first Funke looked like he might go peacefully, dropping the pistol (seen here behind him) and walking towards police with his arms over his head
According to Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo, several units - including K-9 officers and a helicopter - converged on the area when the call came through.
The location was blocked to pedestrians and cars while police got into position - and then the negotiations began with the man, who had threatened to shoot himself.
Footage from the helicopter shows Funke stand up, take his pistol and walk - apparently unsteadily - out to a wide open public area.
Responding to shouts from police off-camera, he then drops the pistol, puts his hands on his head and walks towards a K-9 unit and an officer armed with a rifle.
The aerial unit suggests that one of the cops in a building behind Funke step out while he's not looking and retrieve the pistol.
However, he notes that they would be in danger of getting caught in crossfire. Nobody picks it up.
Running: However, bodycam footage from Officer Mark Hatten shows that he turned and fled. A confused K-9 unit attacked another police officer, who wasn't harmed, as Funke fled
The nude man stops in front of the other cops then turns and runs. He disappears behind trees as the other officers spring after him - and then a report comes over the radio that he's down.
A second video, taken from the bodycam of Officer Mark Hatten, shows what went down beneath the canopy of foliage.
Funke turns and runs, and the K-9 officer lets his dog off - but it immediately turns around and attacks a third cop.
Fasulo noted in a press conference that the dog only bit that cop on the belt buckle.
Hatten, meanwhile, continues unhindered, chasing after Funke, who is still sprinting after the gun.
Shot down: Ultimately Hatten had to shoot Funke (seen falling in the background) before he could reach the pistol. Funke was hit in the shoulder but survived
He fires a single shot and Funke falls, with the police dog - redirected by its handler - closing in to grab him.
According to Fasulo, Funke was hit in the shoulder and taken to hospital, where he remains under police custody in stable condition.
Funke had a history of depression and suicidal thoughts, Fasulo said, and it's believed he may have attempted suicide by cop.
This is the 16th officer-involved shooting for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police this year.
'Suicidal': Funke (left, in a DMV photo; right on the ground with a police dog running up to him) is in stable condition in hospital. Police said he'd threatened suicide before they arrived
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