The footage was released nearly five months after law enforcement shot and killed 48-year-old Michael Trappett outside his parents’ home. Police were called about Trappett being aggressive as he was going through a mental health episode. When authorities arrived, they say Trappett remained unruly and was armed with a knife. At one point, he told officers “Come and shoot me.”
“No, we don’t want to shoot you, man,” Brokop’s partner deputy Randall Carruth responded. “Just talk to us.”
After gesturing toward walking away, Trappett turns toward Brokop with the knife in a stabbing posture before the officers opened fire, shooting over a dozen shots at Trappett. He was pronouned dead at the scene.
Following the shooting when Brokop expressed concern over being reprimanded, Carruth said “Me too. But we didn’t have a choice.” Brokop was briefly placed on administrative leave but has since returned to the field. But Trappett’s family isn’t satisfied with the lack of accountability. “We think Brittany Brokop should be held accountable for her actions,” Trappett’s brother, Bill Trappett, told NBC News. “She’s gone too far.”