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Cop Suffers a Panic Attack During Standoff as Paramedic Disarms Him (Video)

Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:09
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A Sevier County Sheriff’s Office deputy opened fire without warning in a mobile home park. He then suffered an apparent panic attack and four minutes later was forcibly disarmed by a paramedic, body camera footage shows.

Deputy Justin Johnson and paramedic  Blake Gregg were holding down an unarmed suspect, Tina Carrie Jo Cody, when the incident occurred.  The video begins with Johnson asking Cody to walk toward him with her hands up. He already seems angry and slightly agitated.

Johnson was called to the mobile home park at 794 Sharp Road by the paramedics. A “morbidly obese female” had fallen inside one of the homes and was complaining about landlord Robin Sutton, Cody’s mother, and Cody, Johnson wrote in his report.

Once Cody is on the ground after a short chase,  an obviously adrenalized Johnson suddenly turned toward the trailer park and fired four shots.  He paused and fired three more rounds, the video obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee showed.  Johnson then ran away from Cody and Gregg toward Sharp Road.

“Shots fired,” he told dispatchers. “We need help.”  Four minutes later, Johnson was kneeling over Cody, who had remained on the ground during the shooting, with his gun still in his hand when the video showed he began hyperventilating and running backward away from the mobile homes and Cody.

Paramedic Michael O’Connor ran toward Johnson.

“Pull it together,” O’Connor told Johnson. “Look at me.”

The sheriff’s deputy begins to panic around the 5:25 mark in the video. Johnson continued to hyperventilate while pointing his gun toward Cody, Gregg and the mobile homes.  He appears to be suffering from a breakdown.  “Give me your gun,” O’Connor repeatedly said. A still hyperventilating Johnson continued to grip the gun. O’Connor eventually wrested it from his hand. “Let go of it,” O’Connor said. Johnson continued to hyperventilate.

The paramedic does succeed in disarming Johnson.  About one minute and 30 seconds after Johnson began hyperventilating, his breathing slowed. “I’m OK,” he said. “I’m OK.”

O’Connor handed Johnson his gun back. He had hyperventilated so strongly one of his contact lenses had popped out of his eye, the video showed. He tossed it away as he trained his gun toward the mobile homes. The man he has been yelling at was Brian Keith Mullinax, the boyfriend of Tina Carrie Jo Cody.  The couple spent 42 days in jail on felony charges, accused of causing what was described in court statements as a “panic attack” and which a detective called “some type of cardiac event.” They remain under prosecution on misdemeanor charges, court records show.

Unarmed, Mullinax was facedown on the ground with his arms extended during the duration of Johnson’s panic attack.  The video showed Mullinax obeyed Johnson when – after Johnson had fired seven shots and ran away – the deputy ordered him to the ground, and he never moved from that position during or after Johnson’s panic attack.

Mullinax is set to stand trial in Sevier County Criminal Court on a charge that he assaulted Johnson. A lower court judge already dropped felony charges against both Cody and Mullinax, and a grand jury refused to indict Cody for causing the panic attack. She remains charged with resisting arrest.

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  • Anonymous

    He is a praetor, not a plebeian. This is an entrained, psychological response.
    The medical condition is exactly as he has described.

    They call it an ‘adrenaline dump,’ when they have willfully put themselves on what is called ‘death ground,’ hormonally – to psych yourself up, even to the point of mental breakdown.

    What is called ‘death ground’ or ‘desperate ground’ is a mindset from SunTzu’s “Art of War.” This is wartime, psychological trauma, against the citizens, who he sees as unfriendlies.

    We have a philosophical tradition against standing armies, here. Have you heard of it. An ideal, civil servant can never be armed. He would have to call you for help, in case of a literal, physical emergency (not an imagined one.)

    There is no separate, social class, dedicated to the duty of war and fighting. It would be upon the shoulders of the conscientious, empowered citizen, hypothetically speaking.

    Your food and water could not be brought to you,with a pretty bow on it. Your fuel and energy could not be brought to you, at the press of a button You would have to be responsible, for your own well being, not to live like a zoo animal, in a comfy enclosure, or at the whim of the zookeeper, who keeps you safe. Slavery can be comfortable, but freedom cannot be.

    • 2QIK4U

      You usually start crying when that happens at the same time arguing with both sides of your brain on which action to take. Stop or destroy everything around you.

  • raburgeson

    Walk over here and don’t you move, I run from the deranged bastard too.

  • this is name i have chosen because i like it so i know i am smarter than you now i am here with name

    lol police are not trained good and only hire stupid idiots so this happens what a dum dum go be a librarian

  • Cousin_Jack

    Panic attacks are nothing to be mocked, caused by overthinking things. They can happen to anyone, if you’re lucky they pass and they get better, you’re unlucky and you collapse. I ended up having fits resembling epilepsy, which were, in fact, panic attacks. If you don’t relax you tense up til the stage where your body starts doing weird things. Wasn’t until I learnt the relaxation technique that I found that my body was doing this technique automatically, relaxing and tensing my muscles until I relaxed, but those fits drained me. Not good having severe fits when you can’t eat because you’re so nervous. But I still wouldn’t change things, I learnt plenty from it all.

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