The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office released footage from a deputy’s body camera that shows her shooting a armed attacker in Delta Township on Tuesday morning.
The shooting took place after the Deputy stopped the suspect, Sean Ruis, 43, of Grand Ledge, after he fled the scene of an earlier stabbing.
During the traffic stop, Ruis got out of his vehicle and began advancing toward the deputy. Partial footage from the released video showed Ruis walking away from his car and approaching the deputy as she attempted to back away.
Ruis approached the deputy at an increasing speed with weapons in his hands. Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reiche said Ruis appeared to be carrying three weapons as he approached the deputy: one screwdriver in his left hand and two knives in his right hand.
What can be learned from this attack? Distance is key! Do not let attackers with stabbing/ cutting weapons get close enough to cut you or charge you. Engage while still able to. This Deputy is very lucky to not be seriously injured or worse. Her clearing of the firearm was good, but from the footage it may have been over a previous malfunction that actually was cleared by the suspects striking the firearm while the Deputy fended off the attack.
Another lesson is that one or two shots will not always stop a attack. Fire until the threat is over. And shot placement is vital. Striking a attacker in vital areas will most of the time stop the attack sooner.
We need to learn from every instance like this and see what we can do to train better and learn form these attacks. Thank goodness the Deputy is alright and was able to stop the attack.