“I'll do what I have to do. I will hurt this baby,” the man holding a 2-year-old girl at knife point told Midwest City police Monday afternoon inside a grocery store.
An agitated Sammie L. Wallace then began counting down from 60 by tens and moved the folding knife from the girl's abdomen to her neck.
That's when police Capt. David Huff acted, advancing on the man. The veteran officer shot the man once in the head and then rescued the girl from the man's arms.
“Huff's actions in this incident were not only justified and necessary, they were heroic,” Oklahoma County District David Prater wrote in a letter Friday that cleared the police captain.
The letter reveals in more detail the moments that led to the shooting.
Huff negotiated with Wallace for approximately 34 minutes inside Walmart Market after the girl was taken hostage, Prater wrote.
Wallace held the girl close to the right side of his body and had the knife in his left hand, the prosecutor wrote. His demeanor changed as he began the countdown.
“It is clear that Captain David Huff made every attempt to resolve the incident with Sammie Wallace peacefully. Huff delayed his use of deadly force until Wallace gave him no other option,” Prater wrote Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes.
Prater cleared the police captain after reviewing investigative reports, photographs, witness statements and other documents. The police chief authorized the release of the letter to The Oklahoman.