This is a tough one to watch, especially if you’re a police officer. Officer safety is paramount and without sounding like I’m attempting to armchair quarterback this deadly incident, I do think it’s necessary, and valuable to at least acknowledge there are some serious concerns here. Having said that, I’m very happy that Officer Robert Molody survived this violent attack from this scumbag, William Porubsky.
Officer Robert Molody’s life is undoubtedly about to put through the ringer as a result of the officer involved shooting death. This process takes weeks, months and sometimes years. It’s very stressful on not only the officer, but also the officer’s family. Officer Molody will second guess his reactions himself ad nauseum so I don’t want to add to that by dissecting his actions, although there are some educational points that we could all problem glean from this incident.
William Porubsky, 30, tried to steal a Stow police vehicle, grab an officer’s Taser, and then tackled Patrol Officer Robert Molody before he was fatally shot. This, after Stow P.D. was called to Meadowbrook Blvd. on Sept. 3 for a suspicious male knocking on a door, asking for cigarettes and to call his daughter.
Stow P.D. Patrol Officer Robert Molody arrived on scene and transported William Porubsky, also known as “Billy” to Akron’s Haven of Rest because he didn’t want to go back to his female friend’s home in Ravenna. Outside of Haven of Rest, Porubsky refused to exit the vehicle.
Body camera video released Thursday afternoon shows Officer Robert Molody attempting to get Porubsky to exit his Stow Police vehicle, and walk into the Haven of Rest facility. Porubsky refused, arguing that Officer Molody had not brought him to the correct location.
Officer Molody is heard requesting assistance from Akron Police. Several moments went by before Officer Molody pulled his taser and pointed it at Porubsky while waiting for Akron Police to arrive. Porubsky continued refusing compliance with Officer Molody’s orders to either go sit on the curb, or walk with him over to the facility’s door. William Porubsky then attempts to steal Officer Molody’s police vehicle, but the driver’s door was locked. Porubsky then attempted to grab the officer’s taser, and was then shot with it in return. Porubsky tackled Officer Molody to the ground and after several seconds of struggling, two shots are fired. Officer Molody calls in “shots fired” and requests and ambulance. He tells dispatch two shots were fired and that he couldn’t see because the suspect knocked off his glasses. Porubsky was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Watch the bodycam video below.
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