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Mentally Ill Black Man Shot Dead After Snatching Toddler From Shopping Cart

A mentally ill Black man was shot and killed after he snatched a 2-year-old girl out of a shopping cart and held her hostage in an Oklahoma grocery store. The toddler was not harmed in the incident.

In the video the man is seen removing the child from the shopping cart and holding a knife to her neck.

Officers reportedly spent 30 minutes negotiating with the man. But an officer shot the man in the head at point-blank range claiming he saw the suspect pulling the knife closer to the girl’s throat.

“He thought the child was being harmed and stabbed at the time he did the shooting,” said Midwest Police Department Chief Brandon Clabes.

Family members of the suspect said he had a long history of mental illness.

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