Coen Rogers’ mother can be seen in the footage from her front yard in Pingelly early Sunday, quietly telling a senior officer why she raised the alarm.
“He was just drinking and I told him to keep the noise down. Then he left,” his mother said.
“He started grabbing knives and saying a lot of things like he’d slit my throat and stuff.”
Her 28-year-old son then emerges, allegedly armed with two knives.
While most of the incident took place off-camera or at the edge of view, the camera picked up on the sound.
Rogers is accused of rushing to the officer, who pulls out a taser and fires it, but can’t stop the man.
The officer then appears to fire a single shot and hit the young father of one in the torso.
The agent immediately doubts his move.
“What have I done?” you hear the officer say, before calling an ambulance.
“Ambulance, he’s bleeding, I shot, I shot someone.”
The officer responded alone, with his partner on sick leave and backup 20 minutes away.
The incident sparked controversy over the resources of the regional police.
Rogers’ cousin revealed that the normally friendly FIFO employee snapped after receiving the news that his grandmother had suffered a stroke.
“Coen is such a happy person,” Kellee Gillespie said.
“He’s never been a violent person, he’s just always the party.”
Both Rogers and his grandmother are recovering at the Royal Perth Hospital.
Surgery is needed for his gunshot wound, while an examination will determine if the officer did the right thing.
The family thinks so.
“The police and the city are so understanding and we all get along,” Gillespie said.