Bodycam Shows Man Fatally Shot By Cops Swinging Bat At Officer


Published on Aug 31, 2017

Police released video Wednesday showing a man swinging a baseball bat at a police officer before being fatally shot outside a federal courthouse in southern Indiana. Evansville police released security camera video showing 55-year-old Ricky Ard smashing two of the courthouse’s front door windows Tuesday morning, along with video from an officer’s body camera. The videos show at least two courthouse security officers drawing guns but not following Ard as he stayed outside the building and walked away. Other angles show him starting back toward the building after a city police officer arrived. That officer, identified as 11-year police force veteran Kenny Duschke, yelled at Ard and tried to hit him with a stun gun before the man charged at the officer with the bat. The video shows the officer backpedaling and firing about a half-dozen shots. Evansville police spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum said during a news conference that Duschke appears to have acted appropriately to defend himself.

“When he made the decision to chase after the officer and attempt to strike him with a deadly weapon, unfortunately, he created a situation that led to his own death,” Cullum said. Cullum said Ard had visited the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building on Monday and expressed “concerns about the government.” The building includes federal court offices and other federal agencies. Cullum declined Wednesday to discuss Ard’s complaints. Ard returned about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday to the courthouse in the city along the Ohio River, according to police. Cullum said a courthouse security officer also shot at Ard, but videos didn’t clearly show when that happened. One of the security officers told Duschke to use a stun gun on Ard, but it was “ineffective,” Cullum said. “We know that one of the probes did make impact because as he ran after the officer you can actually see the Taser dragging on the ground behind him, because the probe was either in his clothes or in his person and the wires were still attached to the Taser,” he said.

8 thoughts on “Bodycam Shows Man Fatally Shot By Cops Swinging Bat At Officer

  1. I never understood why these guys empty a full clip?? Wouldn’t trained killers like special forces or seals shoot the dude once or twice in the face and be done with it? All he had was a bat for C sakes. Is your life really in that much danger to warrant a video game highlight like this? At least it is the first video where I would say the berkshire was kinda of in the right. Although I hate siding with those stinky bassturds

    1. The modern concept is to shoot the adversary to the ground because generally pistol bullets do not stop people in one or two shots. There are many cases like the “crack monster” in NYC where the person took many rounds (12 gauge in this case) and kept coming.
      I’m no fan of the police by any means but if I needed to draw my pistol and fire at close range I would do the exactly what is seen in this video and I would recommend all of you consider doing the same.

      1. This guy was angry and not some Crack monster as you put it as an excuse to kill him. And you can see he was half heartedly swinging at the cop

        1. What I wrote has nothing to do with this situation, I’m not saying what the cop did is right, I’m talking about how to use a pistol, nothing more, the cop was stupid for closing the distance on a man with a bat. “crack monster” is the nickname given to a specific person and a specific event where a whole bunch of 12 gauge rounds did not stop him, the police may have been wrong to shoot the crack monster as well, I’d have to look it up, but right and wrong is not my point here, don’t twist my words!

  2. Evidently…

    If ur cumming at a cop with a bat.

    U better have a better batting average then Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron.

  3. Apparently,the cop didn’t think to use his taser so being Mr tuff guy for those watching, he chose to grandstand and kill the guy instead which of course is what the pussified police do these days cause they fear for their lives. And of course he still could have shot the guy in his lower body rather than the kill shot of shooting in the chest, plus the guy was half ass swinging at the cop.

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