‘Drop the knife!’: Officer body cam shows shocking arrest of murder suspect

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BRATENAHL, Ohio -- The man accused in the stabbing death of a Cuyahoga Falls woman was arraigned via video Friday morning in Stow Municipal Court.

"On Thursday, August 28th, Metroparks Police had called us for some assistance of a male wielding a knife," said Chief Richard Dolbow with the Bratenahl Police Department.

According to the chief, that man was Jeffrey Conrad, 43, the man charged in the stabbing death of 40-year-old Amanda Russell of Cuyahoga Falls.

"He had apparently led officers on a foot chase right into Lake Erie at Euclid Park.  When my officer arrived, he commanded Conrad to drop the knife and exit the water.  And then a stand-off ensued," said the chief.

The officer happened to be wearing a body cam that recorded video of the incident.

On the video, the officer can be heard saying "What's your objective man?"  To which Conrad replies, "I don't have one."  The officer asks, "What are you doing out there?" To which Conrad replies, "Waiting on you."

"We believe  his intentions were to be killed by a police.  Suicide by a cop is what it's called.  He refused to drop his knife, asked our officers to make their shots count, sort of speak," said Chief Dolbow.

The body cam video shows Conrad in the water holding a knife and starting to walk out of the water.

That is when the officer tased Conrad, several times, before he complied.

Conrad was then taken to jail.

He's expected back in court September 11.

Read more on the investigation here.