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BODY CAM VIDEO: Daytona police shoot former football star Jermaine Green

DAYTONA BEACH — Moments before being shot six times by police, former football star Jermaine Green held his girlfriend in a choke hold with his left arm and his right hand gripped a large knife that loomed over Katrina Johnson's chest, police body camera videos released Wednesday show. Daytona Beach Officers Richard Maher and Kevin Connelly had just kicked in the front door of the house where Green was staying on Magnolia Avenue on Sept. 25.

It was just after 3 a.m. when the officers saw Green duck into a bedroom, Johnson struggling to get away from his grasp, the video shows. In the next few seconds, one of the policemen stood in the doorway of a cluttered bedroom and yelled at Green to release his hostage.

A half-naked Green was on a bed with Johnson. She was on top of him, face up, her black shorts pulled down slightly. “Let her go dude, let her go,” the officer yelled at Green. “Let her go man, I'm telling you right now.” The next thing the officer saw was Green's right arm — with the knife in his hand — raise slightly and then come down rapidly as he almost plunged the weapon into Johnson's chest.

 “He's doing it,” the policeman said to his partner. The next words yelled out by one of the officers was “Shoot the (expletive deleted).”


Seven shots rang out in rapid succession, six striking Green in the buttocks-hip area, the abdomen and Green's right arm, the seventh bullet piercing Johnson's right arm, the video shows. One of the officers grabbed Johnson, pulling her out of the way. Green had slipped off the bed and was lying on his right side, his body practically buried in a pile of clothes on the floor. 

He hardly moved, his right leg bleeding near his buttocks, his mouth in an almost half-smile, his eyes closed.

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