In May, Weirton police officer Stephen Mader was confronted with a man waving a gun and decided not to fire, because he concluded after assessing the situation that the man was trying to commit what is called “suicide by cop.”

“I saw then he had a gun, but it was not pointed at me,” Mader, who is Marine-trained, said in recalling the incident for the first time publicly. He said that upon seeing the man, he “began to use my calm voice.”

“I told him, ‘Put down the gun,’ and he’s like, ‘Just shoot me.’ And I told him, ‘I’m not going to shoot you brother.’ Then he starts flicking his wrist to get me to react to it,” Mader recalled of the confrontation with Ronald D. “R.J.” Williams Jr. “I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and deescalate it. I knew it was a suicide-by-cop” situation. ( – Staff) Click here to read more!

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