Police Officer Josh Hilling discovered a man traveling on foot along a major highway allegedly walking from Dayton to Cleveland, Ohio. After informing the man that he could not legally walk along this road the officers start asking a few questions. The man’s behavior quickly goes from simply strange to outright deranged. When the officer asks to initiate a pat-down, the man draws a knife and starts screaming “Kill me! Kill me now!” The officer is able to draw his weapon and fire one shot. The man falls for a moment before struggling back to his feet demanding the officer to kill him. Officer Hilling scrambles to call in back up while trying to subdue the suspect. Once backup arrives the officers are able to stop the suspect with a taser. Police later determined the vagabond as Pablo Javier Aleman, a wanted murder suspect in Baltimore.
Aleman is accused of murdering his roommate and landlord in a stabbing indecent on March 17, 2016. Police believe the 12″ fixed blade knife used against Officer Josh Hilling is likely to be the murder weapon. Aleman was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. This story shows just how fast a conversation can become a life-threatening battle. Officer Hilling showed incredible restraint despite having the opportunity to use deadly force in this situation.