Man livestreamed his own death while horrified fiancee watched on Facebook
A man livestreamed his own death while he was being shot at by police during a traffic stop.
Rodney James Hess, 36, was shot at around 2.15pm on Thursday as his fiancee, Johnisha Provost, watched helplessly on Facebook.
He died shortly after while being airlifted to hospital.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Hess had been acting erratically and had attempted to hit cops with his car ‘at least twice’ before he was killed, NBC News reported.
Footage streamed on Facebook Live from a roadside in Alamo, Tennessee shows Hess saying he wants to speak to ‘the higher commands’ before leaving his car.
He then appears to drive off and is shot several times through his window.
The 36-year-old, who is from New Orleans but had been visiting his mother in Memphis, can be heard screaming after being shot.
His phone then drops to the floor and begins to ring as he appears to crash his car.
Hess’s fiancee claims his request to speak to ‘the higher command’ was a sign that he was asking for help and told the Commercial Appeal Friday that ‘he was not on a suicide mission.’
‘He was not trying to harm anybody. He was asking them for help and they shot him down.’
‘I always told him, “Babe, if you are ever in a situation where you need help, ask the person in charge for the higher command to help you,” and that’s what he kept saying.’
Provost says she was at work when her aunt called her to tell her Rodney was in trouble. She logged onto Facebook and watched police fatally shoot her fiance.
Hess’ cousin, Donald Hess III, said Rodney suffered from mental illness but was ‘a father, son and hard worker.’