‘I guess I’m losing my gun again’: Bodycam shows officer react after she fatally shoots man with knife

Idaho deputy involved in two shootings cleared of wrongdoing, as family file lawsuit

Bevan Hurley
Thursday 23 June 2022 18:47
Bodycam shows officer react after she fatally shoots man with knife

An Idaho deputy complained that she would lose her gun licence moments after shooting dead a knife-wielding man who was experiencing a mental health crisis.

“I guess I’m gonna lose my gun again,” Clearwater County Sheriff’s Cpl Brittany Brokop said after fatally shooting Michael Trappett, 48, outside his parents’ home in Orofino, north Idaho, on 31 January.

Ms Brokop was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, and has since been cleared to return to duty after the Latah County prosecuting attorney found her actions were justified.

A second deputy involved in the shooting, Randall Carruth, was also cleared and has returned to duty.

Bodycam of the shooting was obtained by NBC News through a public records request.

It shows Mr Trappett being confronted by the deputies after his mother called 911 to say he could be a danger to himself. He was intoxicated and upset that his mother had thrown out his alcohol, avoiding the family.

As he starts to run away, the two deputies round a corner of the house and shoot Mr Trappett multiple times.

His parents were in the house at the time.

Officers in Idaho point their firearms at Michael Trappett moments before firing fatal shots

Michael Trappett with his pet rescue dog

Mr Trappett’s brother Bill Trappett told NBC that his brother had bipolar disorder and had been struggling with his mental health after the death of his rescue bulldog that had recently been run over by a car.

The Trappetts have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the deputies had used excessive force, and have called on Ms Brokop to be “held accountable for her actions”.

The Clearwater County Sherriff’s Office responded by saying Mr Trappett had a history of “threatening and aggressive behavior towards law enforcement”.

In 2020, Ms Brokop was cleared of wrongdoing after wounding Andrew Hull during a separate confrontation.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in