‘Don’t ram him — shoot him’: Sheriff caught on tape ordering fatal shooting of unarmed man in slow-speed chase
A sheriff in rural Tennessee was inadvertently caught on police body cam footage ordering deputies to shoot an unarmed man engaged in a slow speed chase, NewsChannel 5/WTVF reported.
The body cam revealed Sheriff Oddie Shoupe’s conversation with a deputy after the fatal shooting of Michael Dial, who was struck in the head after refusing to pull over his 1976 pickup truck when officers attempted to pull him over for driving with a suspended license.
“I told em, I said take him out,” Sheriff Shoupe reassures a deputy.
“I heard,” the deputy confirmed.
“D*mn, I don’t give a sh*t,” Shoupe admitted.
Robyn Dial, the victim’s widow, is suing White County, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, Reserve Deputy Adam West and Sparta Officer Charlie Simms for excessive force.
Sheriff Shoupe “preferred to shoot and kill Mr. Dial rather than risk damaging his patrol cars,” the lawsuit charges.
“I said, ‘Don’t ram him shoot him,'” the sheriff can be heard saying.
“F*ck that sh*t. Ain’t gonna tear up my cars,” Sheriff Shoupe continued.
“If they don’t think I’ll give the d*mn order to kill that motherf*cker they’re full of sh*t,” Sheriff Shoupe added. “I love this sh*t. God I tell you what, I thrive on it.”