HUDSON, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has obtained video from a trucker and the Ohio Highway Patrol giving us our first look at what happened shortly before a Hudson Police officer shot and killed a law student here from the Middle East.
A Hudson officer killed Saif Al Ameri during what police called a “struggle” in the woods. They say he had run from an accident on the Ohio Turnpike. Investigators say he did not have a weapon, and it’s unclear what happened in the woods. An officer can be seen getting out of his car, shouting commands and pulling his weapon almost immediately when he spotted Al Ameri. However, the shooting took place out of the view of a police car camera.
The I TEAM has obtained video from the dashboard camera of a trucker capturing the accident. It shows Al Ameri’s car zooming down the highway, swerving, and eventually flipping over and crashing into a concrete median. Police say he also sideswiped another car.
David Hamsher said, "I seen the car on its roof. Sparks flying. As I approached, the car was still sliding." He added, "And I looked in my mirror, and I see this guy running across the 3 lanes while his arms were flailing over his head."
Police radio traffic also shows an officer told dispatch, "My fire department confirmed that one of the occupants was bleeding, and he ran off. Hopped a fence."
Witnesses say Al Ameri ran across three lanes of traffic even though he had trouble standing up and getting his bearings. One witness said he tried to stop him and couldn't.
One woman told police dispatch, "I'm going down the highway, and somebody on the left cut across to the right.”
So how do you explain the driving? The escape from the scene? The police shooting?
Investigators are waiting for results from drug and alcohol tests.
We’ve learned they are also testing clothing. They hope that will help tell them how far away the officer was when he fired shots. Al Ameri was shot 5 times.
Earlier this week, his family said he had never even smoked a cigarette or been in trouble. He had come from the United Arab Emirates to study law at Case Western Reserve University.