‘I was shot!’: shocking moment North Carolina police shoot disabled man who was unarmed and following their orders
- Jason Harley Klopfer, 41, was shot multiple times by North Carolina officers
- Kloepfer suffered injuries to the torso and arm despite following orders
- Police suspected Klupfer was a gunman with a hostage
Shocking footage showed the moment a disabled man was shot by the North Carolina SWAT team despite following their orders.
Jason Harley Kloepfer, 41, was shot several times by Cherokee County Police Department after authorities received a call about gunfire in the area around 11 p.m. Dec. 12.
Police suspected that Klupfer was the alleged gunman and was holding a hostage.
Surveillance footage shows Kloepfer from the trailer opening the door with his wife Alison Mahler close behind him while both hands are raised.
Seconds later, officers fired several rounds at Kloepfer as he fell to the ground. He was taken to hospital in a critical but stable condition.
Jason Harley Klopfer, 41, was shot multiple times by North Carolina officers
Police said Kloepfer had a verbal altercation with police before answering the door and insisted he “confront” them after he was shot.
Mahler was seen in the video pulling Kloepfer out of the gunfire aisle as he began to yell repeatedly, “I’ve been shot!”
“Who cares,” Mahler yelled at the officers as he helped Kloepfer. “He got shot – what the hell did you do!”
Police kept calling the trailer from outside for the two to come out.
Mahler complied, holding up her hands as Kloepfer pulled toward the door. She was a little hesitant to leave her husband unattended before leaving his side.
‘He can not! He’s been shot!’ Mahler yelled at officers as they got out.
As officers approached the trailer, Kloepfer was heard shouting softly, “I don’t have a gun. I didn’t have a gun.’
Kloepfer was then dragged out by the arm for treatment.
He was charged with communicating threats and defiance, obstruction and delay.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately available for comment.
Surveillance footage shows Kloepfer from the trailer opening the door with his wife Alison Mahler close behind him. Both their hands were raised
Mahler was seen in the video pulling Kloepfer out of the gunfire aisle and trying to help him after he was shot
Police later demanded that Mahler emerge from the trailer along with Kloepfer, who was barely able to crawl to the door
Klopfer shared his healing journey on social media. It appeared he had been shot in the torso and arm
Mahler (left) and Kloepfer have been mentally unwell since the incident, he said
The police charged him with communicating threats and defiance, obstruction and delay. Klopfer argued that the allegations are “completely false”.
Last week, Klopfer shared his healing journey on social media along with footage of the incident.
He appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds to the torso and arm.
“I am physically better, mentally I and Ali are not very good at this,” Kloepfer wrote. “We’ve been out of state in fear for our lives since I got out of the hospital.”
The details of the incident and aftermath remain unclear, as Kloepfer insisted he could not share information about the shooting.
He insisted he was innocent and called the allegations “completely false.”
“This was and still is a horrible nightmare that we are trying to get through. We’ll make it!’ He wrote.
Kloepfer identifies as disabled, but the nature of his disability was not made public.