It wasn’t “The Matrix” and although Officer Brad Gentry is no Keanu Reeves, he sure has moves like Neo, with dash cam footage to back up that claim.
Gentry was initiating a traffic stop in Battle Creek, Michigan, Saturday afternoon when he approached the car and said, “What’s up, man” to the driver, 21-year-old Darriyon Zamone Clark-Brown. Almost instantaneously, Clark-Brown opens fire on the officer, narrowly missing him as Gentry leans back to avoid being shot. Clark-Brown then sped away, as Gentry returned fire.
Following a brief pursuit which involved several more officers, Clark-Brown attempted to hide out as his mother’s home and became involved in an hours-long standoff with the police. Eventually, Clark-Brown was taken into custody after being bitten by a K-9.
Authorities say they are still unsure why Clark-Brown shot at Gentry, who other than being temporarily deafened, was otherwise okay.
Maj. Jim Grafton, with the Battle Creek Police Department called the incident “a safe resolution after a very deadly situation.“
Grafton said Gentry had not yet returned to work, but he will sometime soon.
“We’re just thankful that he’s able to return back to the job,” Grafton said. “After that incident, he returned home safely to his friends and family.”
“It’s a scary situation where you have, all of a sudden, in the blink of an eye, no time to react, that you have a shot being fired off right near your head.” Grafton added. “If he would’ve been hit, I don’t even want to go down that road.”
[ WOOD TV 8 ]