Video of 2-Year-Old Hostage Being Held by Crazed Man Will Give You Chills

A horrific stand-off took place recently at a Walmart in suburban Oklahoma City when a man randomly grabbed a 2-year-old out of her grocery cart and held her hostage. The man, Sammie Wallace, snatched the blonde toddler right out from her mother's care and then held a blade to her and threatened to kill her unless certain demands were made -- police are still trying to figure out exactly what the mentally disturbed man, who ranted about President Bush, wanted. After police arrived, the man was shot point-blank in the head after police began to fear he would kill the child. Police have now released video surveillance footage of the horrific drama to show that the shooting was justified.

In the video, the man is seen casually strolling down the store's aisle -- bystanders not paying him any attention. But then he suddenly approaches a cart and picks up a little girl. The shocked mother begins to scream for her baby.

Several customers surround the man and dial 911. One blocks him with his shopping cart. The man then hands a cellphone to the child's mother and tells her to call a Dallas police officer. (Details on why are sketchy.)

The store was then evacuated and video shows an officer sitting with the man, who still holds the child. Remarkably, the girl seems calm throughout the entire ordeal!

After half an hour, the man begins counting down and moves the knife from the girl's stomach to her throat. The officer at this point looks around casually and then approaches as if he's merely going to talk to the man.

Instead, he shoots him in the head.

Police chief Brandon Clabes said: "I mean, we waited until the last second to use deadly force."

The shooting seems entirely justified. That man could have sliced the knife across the little girl's throat at any second.

But I can't help feeling some compassion for the man too, whom police say was obviously mentally ill, claiming President Bush was spying on him, and talking about the "Illuminati." They also found religious ramblings in notebooks at his home.

I'm sure the police officer didn't enjoy taking a man's life. I'm sure no one wanted the little girl to see a man killed right in front of her eyes. And I'm sure the police didn't want to risk that in the last second, the man could have killed the girl as he sensed the cop approaching.

But the cop did what he had to do.

Do you think there was any other way this could have been handled?


 

Image via KFOR-TV

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LostS... LostSoul88

I say it was justified! Good for that police officer for saving that little girl. Our children are no longer safe anymore!

Hello07 Hello07

You feel sympathy for the man that snatched the little girl and placed a knife to her throat?



Fuck sympathy, mental illness is horrible, I understand that. But nothing justify what he did, better he be dead than he kills someone else.

LostS... LostSoul88

You're sickening feelign comapssion for him! He could have killed a child! What if it was your child? Would you still feel sorry for him? Would you still feel sorry for him if they spared he's life instead of the childs?

keelh... keelhaulrose

It's hard to have someone with mental illness and not feel a little sorry for them.


But the police officer made the choice. Either he shoots the man, or the little girl dies. We can't allow someone to kill another because they are mentally ill.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Do you truly feel compassion for this man that almost killed this innocent little girl? Or are you just saying that because it's politically correct to feel empathy for the mentally ill? Because if you truly do feel sorry for this dead man, then you need to have your head checked as well.

nonmember avatar Greta

Compassion? Um no.

I will have nightmares for weeks now.

Choco... Chocodoxies

Another example of mental health being a large issue in the United States. 

IamKr... IamKrystal

I say justice was done. I can't imagine the terror the mother felt. God bless this child!

Mommy... Mommynwife26

THANK GOD that little girl is young enough to get away with not remembering this. And it was totally justified. I feel NO compassion for him, he held a knife to a innocent childs throat!

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