WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Disturbing video shows the last moments a Warren man was alive before police shot and killed him overnight.
It happened in the 2000 block of Hamilton St. SW just after 12 a.m. Tuesday. Police talked to the man, trying to get him to come out of the house. When he did, they shot him.
Police confirmed the man who died was David Rigg.
Kristina Duecaster, a neighbor, shot the graphic video from her back window. She said police were letting Rigg go in and out of the house while he argued with them.
“He kept telling them that he wasn’t going to jail, he was either leaving on his own or he was going to make them shoot him.”
He went inside for another beer, then stepped back outside to argue with police.
“I seen him raise his hand up above his head, like, straight up above his head, and they shot him,” Duecaster said.
No officers were hurt.
The video she gave us only shows six seconds of what happened before police started shooting.
Now people who knew Rigg are asking why the situation led to gunfire.
“Why was the first answer to shoot? There’s mace, there’s things you can do,” said Doris Morse, the mother of Rigg’s oldest child.
“If you’re going to shoot him, shoot him in the leg, shoot him in the shoulder,” Danny Knicely said. “I think that the excessive force was a little more than what it needed to be.”
Many who knew Rigg said he had mental health issues. Records show he’s had run-ins with police before, but not since 2006.
Knicely had been Rigg’s friend for almost 40 years.
“When you got someone in your little circle for so long, a piece is missing,” he said.
“I know now his children don’t have a father and he’s going to be greatly missed by his friends and family,” Morse said.
Because this was an officer-involved shooting, police have turned the case over to state investigators. As is standard procedure, they aren’t discussing anything they’ve learned at this point.