Body camera footage released Tuesday shows the sequence of events leading up to what the State Attorney’s Office ruled a justifiable police shooting.
Leah Baker, 29, was shot and killed by police after attacking an officer who was answering an April 11 call about a dispute at a home in Northwest Jacksonville.
The newly obtained video shows how quickly the encounter escalated.
Officer E. Mechling knocks on the door of the home on Golfair Boulevard. Armed with a knife, Baker answers the door, immediately stabbing Mechling in the arm.
“I’ve just been f****** stabbed!” Mechling is heard yelling on her radio as she backtracks off the front porch of the home.
Mechling then aims her firearm with both hands at Baker, demanding she drop the weapon. The knife falls to the ground in between Baker and Mechling.