‘Let us help you’: Bodycam shows officers plead with veteran before fatal officer-involved shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. — Body camera footage released by the Orlando Police Department on Thursday shows officers pleading with a 74-year-old veteran to drop his gun after officials said he threatened to harm himself and law enforcement.

“I personally will do whatever I gotta do to help you,” one officer is hear saying in the video. “We both served right? We’re brothers. Brothers don’t leave each other behind.”

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When officers responded to a home on the 3100 block of Cashmere Drive, they said William Sellers, 74, was in the home armed with a pistol.

After 20 minutes of trying to convince Sellers to drop his gun, police said Sellers made “threatening” movements toward the officers and six of the responding law enforcement agents fired at him.

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Investigators said Sellers was hit at least three times and died from his injuries.

Investigators said Sellers called a crisis line Thursday morning stating that he was contemplating suicide. They said he told the crisis line operator that, “if police get called there’s going to be blood.”

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“Put the gun down and let us help you,” one officer is heard yelling to Sellers before the shooting.

“Come on man, we don’t want to shoot you,” another pleads.

See the footage below:

Investigators said in total four Orlando police officers and two Orange County deputies opened fire on Sellers just before 9 a.m. All of those officers are now on administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting.

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“They tried to de-escalate the situation but he made threatening statements on the phone and then made movements at the scene,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.

None of the officers were injured.

“It’s a tragic situation,” Mina said.

Investigators urged anyone who is in crisis to reach out for help, and to leave firearms indoors if police respond.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.