Baldwin, GA — Jamel Jackson, a troubled teen, is lucky to be alive after a Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputy mistook his own gun for a taser. The deputy’s mistake led to Jackson being shot. The entire display of deadly incompetence was captured on police body cameras.
The incident began as police responded to a domestic dispute between Jackson and his mother. Deputies responded to the apartment on October 9, after Jackson’s mother called 911 to report her son has struck her. While Jackson indeed deserved to be arrested if he hit his mother, he certainly didn’t deserve to be shot.
As the video begins, a deputy is walking into the house where Deputy Charles Gillis and another deputy are attempting to arrest Jackson who is wearing a yellow Pokemon hat and sitting at the dinner table.
Jackson was actively refusing to be arrested but he was not getting violent with deputies. In order to get him to comply, however, deputies pulled out their tasers—except for Gillis—who pulled his service pistol.
“Taser! Taser!” a deputy yells as Deputy Gillis pulled out his gun and discharged a round, striking the 18-year-old in his arm.
“God dang it!” Gillis yelled.
Just then, the deputy goes back into the living room where Jackson’s mother is standing in horror after hearing a shot in the kitchen — likely imaging the worst. With her hands above her head, Jackson’s mother stood there in fear before hearing her son and the deputies noting he was okay.
Deputy Gillis then begins freaking out, likely contemplating the punishment that could ensue as a result of accidentally shooting someone. He then knocks his forehead with both palms.
“Gillis discharged his firearm at the subject,” another deputy said on the radio. “Clean shot through his bicep. He’s fine. … He’s actually giving us a hard time, but it’s OK.”
As the sirens wail in the background as police respond to the ‘shots fired’ call, Jackson gave the deputies some advice.
“Could y’all maybe label those things so people don’t get shot like that,” he said.
Gillis, according to the Macon Telegraph, is a nine-year veteran at the sheriff’s office, remained on administrative leave Monday as the GBI continued to investigate the shooting.
Sadly, police officers accidentally shooting their guns is an all too common occurence.
As TFTP reported, in the Des Moines Airport, a police officer proved that he could fire his pistol in a weapons-restricted area and not be killed nor arrested.
On Wednesday, officer Brady Pratt of the Des Moines police department was “practicing his quick draw skills” and “unknowingly had his finger on the trigger and discharged a round into the ceiling tile,” according to a police report.
The deadly mistake sent a round traveling through a wall, into a ceiling tile and into another hallway where it finally stopped in the tile. Out of sheer luck, no one was killed or injured.
In 2014, TFTP reported that a seven-year-old girl was accidentally shot by a police officer in front of a group of children while she was on a school trip to the Nottinghamshire Police department in the UK.
In 2015, a Baltimore County police officer shot a 14-year-old boy while moonlighting as an apartment complex security guard.
Police said two security guards were working off-duty at the Woodridge apartment complex who were investigating reports of people inside apartments that were under construction.
The officer who shot the teen told police that he saw someone come out on a balcony. He said he was pointing his weapon at the balcony, and it simply went off.