Bay County Man Fails at Attempted "Suicide by Cop"

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

A Panama City man is in custody tonight after several failed attempts to commit "suicide by cop".

Bay County Sheriff's Deputies got a 9-1-1 call which took them to a Mary Ella Avenue address on Tuesday.

Deputies say when they arrived, they found 37 year old Shane Derek Smith standing in the middle of the road holding a large butcher knife.

As the deputy got out of his car, he says Smith started running towards him with knife raised, screaming for the deputy to shoot him.

The deputy drew his weapon and pointed it at Smith, telling him to stop and drop the knife.

Smith did stop about ten feet from the deputy and again demanded the deputy shoot him.

As the deputy was trying to convince Smith to put down the knife, Smith said he had nothing to live for.

The deputy backed away from Smith to a safe distance and holstered his gun, telling Smith he wished to help him and not shoot him. Smith stated his story was too long to tell before he died.

Another sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene.

When Smith saw the second patrol car he ran out in front of the vehicle in an apparent attempt to get hit.

The newly arrived deputy stopped the car and got out of the car.

The first deputy took out his taser and fired the weapon when Smith turned back toward him with the knife raised.

Smith dropped the knife and was handcuffed and put in the back of the patrol car.

EMS was called to the scene and Smith was checked and cleared for transport to the Bay County Jail where he was booked on a charge of Aggravated Assault.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 04:44 AM
    I am glad that he found the right cop, who could very well be this mans Angel. I pray he they find him the right place to get help. God has plans for him obviously.
  • by Melinda Hall Location: PCB on Sep 18, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    This could not be foreseen. If it were, any that know Shane would have interveined. He'd move mountains to help others. He's caring, funny, intelligent...none of what's happened of late amounts up to his whole life spent as one priveledged to know. Those of us so priveledged are all praying for a resolution to these unfortunate events.
  • by shannon spencer Location: United States on Sep 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    Anyone reading this knows that Shane is in a crisis. This is not fun loving guy we know. We don't know what has caused this but we can help by praying for him. Everyone take a moment and do that for him.
  • by Jasper Location: Bonifay on Sep 15, 2011 at 07:02 PM
    Yall need to put the man in the loony bin. He needs to see whether he's as crazy as some of those folks are in there. Well I know actual crazy people can't help their situation, but some jerk that wants to be shot by a cop-- needs a wake up call. You want to act crazy, you might end up staying in a place with real crazy people.
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