PCPD Releases Video of Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Panama City- New dash cam video shows exactly what happened during last weekend's officer-involved shooting in Panama City that left Clifton McKinney, 40 years old, dead.

"I am extremely proud of the officers here at the police department," said Panama City Police Chief John Van Etten.

Investigators said two residents called 911 around 10:30 Sunday morning reporting McKinney's eratic behavior. Three Panama City Police officers were then dispatched to the scene, arriving to find a machete-wielding suspect.

"If you're confronted with a deadly force issue, the general rule is you'll have your firearm out," said Chief Van Etten.

With two tasers and a firearm, the video shows the officers trying unsuccessfully several times to calm McKinney. Then in the final attempt, chaos.

"There are a lot of split second judgment calls being made," said Van Etten.

Tasers appearing to have no effect, McKinney lunged at the officers, chasing one of them into a field across the street. That's when investigators said one of them opened fire, killing McKinney.

"They meet deadly force with deadly force," said Chief Van Etten.

McKinney's criminal history doesn't start there. The Panama City Police Department released around a dozen reports filed against him since 2009, with at least one other incident involving a machete.

Neighbors told News Channel 7 his history should have predicted Sunday's fatal outcome.

"It's an unfortunate situation because we did have a loss of life that day," said Van Etten.

The police department is not yet releasing the names of the four officers involved. They're on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


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  • by okkkk Location: pc on Apr 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
    i knew him and his wife they were good ppl and it really doesnt matter about yall smart comments wuteva was wrg with him they still didnt have to kill him..
  • by wrongggg Location: pc on Apr 30, 2012 at 07:03 PM
    they didnt have to kill him they could have shot him in the legs thts bs....
  • by yuuuuuupp! Location: pc on Apr 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM
    oh dont you know the video is fake! lol plz i totaly agree with the other comment the police done the right thing mentaly stable or not the attacker is always responsable for their actions no matter whos cousin it is...
  • by melody Location: panama city on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    Sad Day for this family , As well as these officers , seems to me this gentleman had problems, I see no fault in what the officers did , Its easy for us to say, what we could have done,, or should have done, but unless we are faced with this situation we dont know . Had these officers not have stopped him , with his state of mind there is no telling what would have happened . Prayers go out to everyone involved ....
  • by KIRK Location: Atlanta on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM
    It seems as though the comments posted have Mr. McKinney labeled as a insane lunatic, instead of being mentallly unstable. There is a difference. Evidently, the persons commenting about him are just heartless individuals. Did you or do they know Mr. Mckinney personally? Shame on all of you. I will pray for them and their families.
  • by John Doe Location: zzzzzzzzzz on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM
    Well, well, well..... another racist murder from the good-ole-boys in Panama City, Florida...Okay, lets get to the facts.... Mr. Mckinney can't be brought back of course... However, lets talk about the "Civil" side of the murder.... 1)Policies and procedures--:Mr. Mckinney have been "Baker-acted" before;2)a kindergarten will have policies and procedures in place to deal with a "mental patient"; 3)e.g. a psychiatrist to deal with the "paitent" (along with law enforcement)...especially since law enforcement KNOW, from the many occasional encounters with the patient... hell--O.J. was acquitted of the double murder but still civilly liable....
  • by TONY Location: MILLVILLE on Apr 24, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    1 THING ABOUT IT U GONE WATCH YO MOUTH ABOUT MY COUSIN THEY DIDNT HAVE 2 KILL HIM AND U CANT TELL WTF HE GOT IN HIS HAND....
  • by Brian Location: Panama City on Apr 24, 2012 at 06:14 PM
    Maybe if the police had let this drug addict kill someone first BEFORE using deadly force then the racist mob outside Bay Medical's ER later that day wouldn't have been so quick to call for attacks on white police officers. PCPD put their lives at risk and did the right thing. Well done.
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      by jd on Apr 25, 2012 at 02:47 PM in reply to Brian
      Brian,dont be so quick to judge someone.what if it was your family member that this has happened to.you would question the procedures of the police officers also.you feel that they did a good job.just leave it at that.don't show your ignorance.pray for his family.
  • by delta Location: pc on Apr 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
    Great Job Officers!I dont see any way shape or form error in the Officers part. Im afraid if i get chased with a blade like that the same outcome would happen. Again thanks for ur duty on our local frontlines.
  • by armedcitizen Location: socialist amerika on Apr 24, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    the guy was a scourge on society and he's gone. Lets move on. Good job PCPD.
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