Deranged Man Shot After Kidnapping 2-Year-Old Girl At Oklahoma Walmart

mwc-walmart-kidnapping-tape22633102_BG1 The video below is an unnerving video that shows a man, Sammie Wallace, walking through a store clearly looking for a child and then snatching a two-year-old girl. The clearly deranged man then held a knife to the little girl and told the terrified mother to call police. In the end, the officer walked up and shot Wallace point blank in the head when he moved the knife to the girl’s throat and started a countdown.


The tragic scene unfolded in a Walmart in Midwest City, Oklahoma. You can see early in the tape how Wallace spots the girl in cart as the mother and her older daughter do the family shopping. Wallace is clearly not shopping for food as he pushes around an empty cart.

After snatching the girl, Wallace handed the mother a cell phone and demanded that she call a Dallas police officer. What follows is a 30 minute standoff during which the store was evacuated. Wallace reportedly talked about being the wealthiest man in the world and the Illuminati, which is wrongly identified in some publications as a “Satanic group.”

He is given a chair but kept a knife at the girl’s stomach. He then began a 60-second countdown and when he moved the knife to the girl’s throat, Captain David Huff walked up and shot the suspect point blank in the head.

His actions were ruled justified by the district attorney. It is hard to argue with that view. Any effort to wing Wallace in the leg could have resulted in the girl’s death. It was her life that was the priority. A point blank shot also allowed the officer to direct the round away from the girl.

I have to agree with the district attorney on the shooting. What do you think?

Source: Oklahoma City

71 thoughts on “Deranged Man Shot After Kidnapping 2-Year-Old Girl At Oklahoma Walmart

  1. Swift Justice…. I like it! All perverts should be removed from society in the same manor….

  2. Although I do agree with the shot to the head, (it sends a message), a taser would’ve also stopped him.

  3. I totally agree! Considering it was an off duty cop, no taser was available. I have a CC and if it were me, I’d don’t the same shot!

  4. This appears to have been some sort of suicide by cop. I don’t know that the police had any other alternative.

  5. I have to say one thing — how many times did mom walk away from her child in the shopping cart? Would she walk away from her purse in a shopping cart? Just a wake-up for all mothers. We get busy, we have so many things we have to get done, but let’s keep our most precious possessions as safe as we can. Never, never walk away from your baby in the shopping cart. At the very least, a small child can stand up and topple out, head first (it happened two months ago at our supermarket. Luckily, the child ended up with a bump on her forehead, not a broken neck.) I see kids left alone in the car while mom runs into the drugstore or is standing at the Redbox forever while she picks out movies. As this video shows, we live in a world where you can’t just leave your child alone. Period. And yes, I wholeheartedly agree the shot was the right call and yes, he most definitely wanted to be killed, else why hand the mother a phone to call the police?

  6. I disagree that a taser would have been equally effective. For one thing, because of the physical contact, the taser would have shocked the child as well. Also, electrical shock causes contracture of the muscles, and if he had a knife to the child’s throat, that could have been fatal. Very cool action on the part of the officer.

  7. This is the WORST nightmare video for any parent. And the taser folks don’t realize THE KNIFE WAS @ THE GIRLS THROAT. There is often a violent twitching resulting from a taser which could have been deadly for the girl. This guy needed a double tap.

  8. nonparieldolls, I agree w/ much of what you said, but your timing is horrible. WTF could this woman do even if her hands were on the cart. This maniac was looking for a child. There are ample opportunities to say what you just wrote. Not on this thread, however.

  9. Not very controversial as the what the cop did. For a change it was justified.

    Also not suicide by cop, you don’t need a little girl as a prop for that. Even a toy gun can get a cop to shoot you.

  10. nonparieldolls:
    There are certain scenarios you listed where I would agree that leaving a child is significant risk. But I think the main thrust of your post is wrong. Stranger abductions are incredibly rare. I suggest you take a gander at http://www.freerangekids.com We are turning our kids into dependent sheep who can’t think for themselves and think that death is lurking around them at all times. Our kids are safer now than they’ve ever been.

  11. I have to agree with the DA.

    I’d also be interested in knowing if there was a history of mental illness present here because as Dredd touches on, this smells a lot like suicide by cop.

  12. Thankfully he was stopped and the child wasn’t hurt!!! A good guy with a gun took out a bad guy with a knive.

  13. Justified use of force.

    The target area for the shot would be such to sever the brain from the root of the spinal cord and cause flaccid paralysis. This would instantly cut off the ability for the suspect to injure the child. Shooting the suspect in another part of the body, even directly to the heart, would not incapacitate the suspect quickly enough given the knife to the throat of the child. Taking out the heart might even give the suspect several seconds of fighting ability. Plus, there is the possibility he could kill the child then go after others in the immediate area.

    The Taser is absolutely not the weapon to use in this incident. For one, it is not accurate enough given the child having a knife to her throat while in his cusp but more importantly it might not work and it would further enrage him. If one of the darts missed or hit something solid and it did not engage him he would be further at risk of harming her. The training is to never use a Taser in a deadly force situation and it is not appropriate here given the circumstances.

  14. This does indeed seem like a case of suicide by cop, perhaps by someone who was extremely mentally troubled and did not know what else to do with himself. It’s horrible that he couldn’t get some kind of help and not take this kind of criminal action that was so harrowing and terrifying to innocent people. I can’t think of any way the child could have been retrieved safely other than this. The force appears sadly justified. Anything else would have been taking a chance with the child’s life and safety, I think.

    As for the issue of not leaving a child alone in a shopping cart, here’s the irony. If you watch this video, you can see several occasions in which both the mom and the 12-year-old have left the child in the cart to go get something or look at something…but that’s not when this guy strikes. On the contrary, he walks right up to the mom and 12-year-old while they’re standing right next to the cart and removes the child from it right in front of them, bold as brass, not a thing they can do about it. This is not to say that one shouldn’t watch one’s child carefully in a store, but the irony is that he actually strikes when they’re very near the cart and child, right in front of them. Obviously no amount of watchful care could’ve stopped this guy. He was determined to do this, even if he had to grab the kid right out of the mother’s arms. Why? Certainly not because he wanted to abscond with a kid and kill it without getting caught; if that were the case, he wouldn’t be standing there handing a phone to the mom and telling her to call a cop. Who knows, other than that he appears to have had some serious mental problems and possibly was seeking a sure way out without having to pull the trigger himself. Perhaps the cop he wanted the mom to call was his “executioner of choice” because he knew the guy. Tragic. It’s just fortunate no other lives were lost and no one else hurt.

  15. I feel the poor man was asking to die. the poor baby is ok thank god. the mother and sister must have been out of their minds with fear..
    thank god for the brave police man for being so commited to do his job and may god help him to cope with the remorece of killing the man

  16. There is not enough information in the story yet to determine if this was suicide by cop. Suicide is a complex thing, but so is mental illness.

    Psychological autopsy is a legitimate area of study, and it is sometimes possible to tease out proximate causation of a person’s violent death. Suicide or mental illness….or both. There are several reasons I don’t think this is a suicide, but without more information, there is no point in going further than an educated guess. My money at the moment is untreated mental illness, but as more facts come out, I reserve the right to change my mind.

    As Darren notes, in a situation like that, the kill shot has to be very precisely placed, and use of a Taser is worse than a bad idea.

  17. Truley S: “he walks right up to the mom and 12-year-old while they’re standing right next to the cart and removes the child from it right in front of them, bold as brass, not a thing they can do about it.”
    *

    Actually no. She had stepped away and was looking at something and after he had the child he approached the mother, she didn’t appear to have noticed at all. That being said I’m not blaming the victim. What is wrong with the world when you can’t walk 4-6 feet away from a kid in a shopping cart to pick out an item of food without the kid being in danger? That’s nuts.

    I’m with the suicide by cop contingent, he wanted to die.

  18. Im mad that all the videos of this on the net all stop as he puts the gun to the guys head. I want to see the shot and the body drop damn it

  19. awesome job officer.. i have a problem with the mother constantly walking away from the cart or turning her back we’ve read to many stories of children disappearing like that.. i guarantee she wont do that ever again

  20. As someone said above, this could all have been prevented if this child’s mother had not been more interested in the beef than her baby. I see way too many mothers in too many stores conducting their affairs in the same way as this mom. I’d like to say to them: “If you can’t keep your child’s safety more paramount than this, leave the baby/children with a sitter”!

    Also, I watch COPS every day and in too many cases, the tazed suspects, especially those drugged out of their minds, fight and are not incapacitated by the tazers. This officer was cool, calm, collected and he took advantage of the only course of action that I believe he could have. The suspect left him no choice in my opinion. I’m only happy for the Mother that it turned out well for the child–God be praised!

  21. RWL

    I can see in the examples that you provided where a Taser might have been a good idea but in this situation it is not. When there is an immediate danger to the life of another, i.e. a person having a knife at the throat of another or chanrging someone or the officer with the knife a firearm is often the only reasonable choice.

    I can tell from experience where a Taser is advantageous and where it is not. I have used a Taser and it has worked but it has also failed to work. It is what it is, and it is not a panacea for every bad situation out there and it has its limits. And there might be those who say the knife should have been wrestled out of his hands. Fighting someone wielding a knife is extremely dangerous.

    As to the comments the mother is at fault for allowing this to happen. That is not at all realistic. It is obvious the suspect intended to kidnap (and yes that is the legal description of what he did) the child as evidenced by his circling here several times. Nobody can be held to the level of responsibility you are expecting of the mother. Ask yourself, did you spend every second while in public looking at a child? Where was the apparent threat, not the 20/20 hindsight, but what would an average person perceive to be threatening. Unless you want to live in a paranoid society where the boogymen lurk at around every corner you have to be realistic. Keeping such a hyper-level of vigilance is not psychologically healthy for a person or even a child for that matter.

    And lets be pragmatic. Is it reasonable to think a person bent on kidnapping a a child and holding a knife to that child knowing the police can come along and smoke him for doing so is going to be deterred completely by the woman just simply looking at the child?

  22. @ Darren . she walked away 3-4 times with her back to the child. and her back was turned when the man took the child out of the cart. yes i have a problem with them. because whether stranger abductions are rare or not. it happens and in todays society. as a mother i take no chances anyone is going to get to my 10 yr old without killing me first. supposed he hadnt walked up to the mother and told her to call the cops? the 12 sister didnt even yell she just looked at him. HE HAD TO APPROACH the mother for her to realize her child was no longer in the cart…. now if that a-hole had decided to run out with the child. i wonder how long it would have taken the mother to realize it?

    Adam Walsh was 10 ft from his mother when he was taken. and it happened that i was watching investigation fbi files and the story was about a man who jumped out of his car and grabbed a little girl right off of her lawn. she had been playing with a friend. he dragged her into the car and by the time the mother got outside he was pulling off with her child. they found the little girl about 5 hrs later raped and killed…

    On July 27, 1981, Walsh’s mother, Revé, let Adam watch several older boys play video games at a Sears store in Hollywood, Florida, while she walked a few aisles away to shop for a lamp. When Revé returned to the video game section about seven minutes later, Adam and the other boys were gone

  23. Darren Smith,

    Oh Come on! Give me a break! All of those incidents, in the ‘Taser Used in Dangerous Situations’ article, were perfect examples where the Police believed the suspect was an ‘immediate’ threat to either himself, others, and/or the police.

    I am not advocating for tasers in all situations, but I do believe that if the officers had time to distract this man (who was clearly suffering from a mental illness, IMO), so that they can get a clear shot at his head? Then, why not use a taser as in the other ‘dangerous situations’ in the article?

    Just admit it (and I will say it for you): They don’t use tasers down in Okie….

  24. kids are abducted through bedroom windows. so you must sleep with them.
    kids are abducted from schools, or traveling to and from schools. therefore you must walk to and from school, and remain with them throughout the school day.
    kids are abducted playing outside with their friends. either dont let them have any friends, or force them to play inside, or play outside with them.

    All of you crying about the moms “inattention” clearly dont have any kids. how do you propose a single parent does anything in their life? shower? nope. go to the bathroom? nope. grocery shopping? nope. if you do or have done any of these things you are a horrible parent!

    Is it not amazing all of us grownups lived through our childhoods? mind boggling.

    and nice use of a gun! I hope he doesnt lose a moment of sleep over this guy, no loss to society.

  25. Anyone blaming the mom smells like a troll to me. Get for real. You are full of something. I feel for your child if you watch your child’s every move. Stuff like this doesn’t happen often. And to live your life like it does is pretty unreasonable.

  26. RWL

    There is a difference between the examples in the Australian article and this case. Distance and exigency. A knife being held to the throat of a kidnap victim and a countdown where he has declared he will murder the child is a lot different of a threat than what was being shown in the link you supplied.

    You ask why was this suspect not distracted so that a Taser could be used. I don’t think you are aware of how a Taser is actually deployed. The taser shoots out two probes that have darts on them. These are NOT accurate as a pistol is. One taser probe is designed to drop lower than the other. The effectiveness of the Taser is a function of how far apart these probes are in. The closer to the suspect, the less they spread apart and the less effective it is. In order to get a better spread you need to be about six or so feet away. Plus, if one or more of the probes misses the taser will not work and you do NOT get a second chance unless you spend 6 to 10 seconds reloading the cartridge. In that amount of time the suspect could murder the child and/or take the knife and attack the officer. And if the taser is in the process of being reloaded when the suspect comes at you, well you are in a world of hurt and likely could die.

    There was an incident in Spokane, WA several years ago where a distraught young man threatened to jump off a very tall bridge to take his life. SPD there tried to talk the man into not doing this but he because increasingly dispondent. And officer tried to light the guy up with the taser, but it FAILED to lock him up. He then ran for the side of the bridge and jumped off, dying in the Spokane River below.

    Now what would have happened if the Taser failed in this case with the child kidnapping? Is it worth risking the life of this child over someone who has acted like this, hoping the Taser will work or that you can rationalize with the suspect? Whether this man was mentally derranged or going to do a suicide by cop it is one thing, but the danger to this child is so high that trying to counsel him or diagnose his condition and treat him is not the essential criteria to decide what action should have been performed. It is the threat and the act of the suspect that dictated what needed to be done.

  27. Darren Smith,

    I wasn’t asking why didn’t the officers wait to distract him so that a taser could be used. I stated that they distracted him to get a clear shot at his head with a gun. These officers are trained to kill, and some refuse to use a taser (my older brother, retired police officer, stated that he would never have used a taser even if they were around when he was a cop).

    I do understand how tasers work. However, it seems to me that you are a tad bit late on the new tasers that law enforcement officers use: Taser X3

    “The Taser X3 is designed for law enforcement officials. It features the capability to discharge three shots without reloading. The Taser X3 also has the capability to fire at multiple targets at the same time. This Taser features a warning arc that allows law enforcement officials to warn targets before they fire, opening up the potential to never have to fire the weapon at all. Further, the Taser X3 allows the user to calibrate electrical discharge as well as deliver additional electrical pulses to a target who has already been hit.”

    Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_6365865_types-tasers.html

  28. I forgot to add: Here is another example of tasering in a hostage situation: Man has woman with a knife to her neck.

  29. Such a racist thing to do. I bet if he were white, he wouldn’t have gotten killed. Even if the baby were black, it would have gotten killed.

    Poor Sammie, RIP.

    D

  30. RWL

    Just so that we are clear here. I carried a Taser for four years and YES I am aware of the X3 but I might retort with it is you that might be “a tad late” because the X3 model was Discontinued by Taser International.

    Of course you might do your research and discover the X2 could be viewed as its replacement but as far as reality goes the single shot X26 is far more prevalent in the LE world than the X2 is. Just because the X2 has two shots and is the latest and greatest does not mean that every cop working the road has one. Especially considering the cost of replacing the X26 is going to be very costly. The X26 acquisition cost to begin with was high and it is not likely many administrators are going to look at the tradeoffs as being worth the cost to go with the new model. Maybe newer officers might have one, if they are lucky, but everyone I know of, including myself, carried the X26.

    It is the same thing with sidearms, just because something new comes out it does not mean everyone goes down and buys one, much less their departments. When I started out in LE most officers carried revolvers and a few carrried model 1911 .45’s. My first duty sidearm was a S&W model 19 .357. I started carrying a Glock 17 9mm in 1990 and when I left the department due to medical issues in 2012 I was still using that same gun.

  31. A Taser? Really? You don’t take a chance when a 2 year old’s life is on the line. Tasers don’t always work on people. If it was your child would you want the police to take a chance with a taser. IDIOTS!!!

  32. RWL

    You can continue to arm-chair-quarterback the issue of using a Taser is a panacea to all hostage taking situations and your proffering your expertise in knowing how Tasers work by your reliance upon and use of wikipedia, youtube and ehow.com but until you have actually taken the training in hostage situations, use of force, and actually worked the road where you have had to face these situations don’t claim that you fully know what you are talking about here. I have been through all of that and more. I know what I am talking about.

    Every situation is different, just because some officer in Germany chose to use the Taser in ONE situation doesn’t mean that it is the best thing to do elsewhere everytime. Anecdotal evidence is not going to work when making real world decisions about whether or not to use a firearm or a Taser. There are training officers who devote much of their training days teaching other officers when and when not to use either weapon. It is not as simple as you think. It takes a lot of work to know the difference and to make that decision quickly and correctly.

  33. Bimbim3838,

    The officer could have made a worse mistake with the gun. Either way, you are still taking a chance. Watch the videos, and see what happened when both offenders were tased. Do I want a police officer firing a 9mm at a suspect who is holding my 2 year old? Or Do I want him firing a taser at a suspect who is holding my child? I will let you decide………..

    Darren Smith,

    I didn’t put you on the witness stand. I wanted you and everyone else to see that it could’ve gone either way. I have much respect for the ‘men in blue’. IMO, I think that they are overworked and underpaid….

  34. Darren,
    Monday morning quarterbacking is apparently in the DNA. People who have never seen a Taser, much less been trained in its use suddenly become experts. Same for OC/CN spray. You were spot on with your observation about a brainstem shot, which the officer clearly took, from the video made available so far. Of course, all the public video is truncated just before the Captain fires, but we can see what he was trying to do, and apparently did.

    There is no advocate for the mentally ill more outspoken than me, but sometimes all the alternate choices are taken away. Based on what we see and read, this looks like one of those cases. I blame neither the officer nor the mentally ill man. I blame a badly broken mental health (now there is an oxymoron) system that allows such things to happen.

  35. I do not think the taser would have worked. What if the officer missed and accidently tased the child. If the only choice the officer had to save the child was to shoot the criminal in the head. I believe he made a RIGHT decision. No I don’t think the criminal deserved to die, but the criminal is the one who but himself in that situation !

  36. I do not think the Taser ,would have worked, what if the officer missed and tased the child accidently ? since the only choice the officer had to save the child’s life was to shoot the criminal in the head well I believe he did the right thing. No I don’t think he deserved to die, but that’s the situation the criminal but him self in !

  37. I think the shot in the head was the only reasonable solution under the circumstances, thank God it happened the way it did without the innocent getting killed or hurt. This man was not suppose to be out and about walking in society, he should of be in a mental institution.we are not in a save world or environment anymore any where you go.

  38. In this situation, the officer made the right move. Their’s no reason to risk a little girl’s life because someone decided to put a knife to there throat and kidnap them. I believe a taser would have been better, but could that of even been fired before this guy made his move. Their’s no reason to kill him just because he’s a bad guy. He’s a horrible human being, but their are serial killers we haven’t killed because their crazy. If their was a way to get this guy off the streets without killing him, that would have been ideal, but I don’t think that option existed here.

  39. okay for all the people saying she was wrong from walking away from the cart try having kids. also she wasnt far she was standing right in front of the cart and the 12 year old clearly was facing the child when she was taken. how do yu expect a mother to grocery shop if she cant take 2-3 steps away from a cart . i think the blow to the head was the best idea ever

  40. And quit with the race card. Nobody cares what color he was the point was he was gonna kill a 2 year old child. The race card is getting sooo old. Grow upp!

  41. I don’t care if he was pink, purple or polka-dotted. This isn’t about race and/or gender; it’s about saving an innocent child’s life. Kudos to the captain for his courage.

  42. Don’t play the racist crap here. Evidence is on video. I agree with the possibility of Sammie having a mental illness but when facing extreme conditions especially life or death situations, you have to make the best decision with what’s given and what you have for that given time. I agree with choosing to save the little girls life regardless how. Sammie put her in danger and put her safety and life in jeopardy. The officer did his job and saved the little girl.

  43. race has nothing to do with this, all the black people i know, myself included, think the cop was right to shoot that fool in the head. i don’t think he was a pervert. perverts run off with the children; i think he was deranged, or high or both and yes the cop did exactly the right thing!! shot to the head. i can’t imagine the horror this family went through. i can’t imagine the horror a mother must feel with some lunatic holding a knife to her daughter. Job well done to the cop that ended this nightmare.

  44. If a taser had been used then the litle girl would have been shocked as well as one hand was holding her and she was standing on his knee. The electricity would have most certalny overwhelmed her

  45. Mr. Logical et all,

    Did you see the videos that I posted about a woman being held with a knife to her throat by the male suspect? When the police tased him (while he was still holding the knife to the woman’s neck), he fell to the ground. The woman was not harm or experienced any harmful shocks but the victim did. Please watch the video!

    Here is a story, in which I am shocked that an officer used a Taser, instead of his gun:

    http://www.redandblack.com/news/mentally-ill-man-shot-at-two-deputies-left-one-injured/article_800ff870-b1b3-11e1-b44e-0019bb30f31a.html

    Darren Smith,

    You are right about the Taser X3 being discontinued this year. Rumor has it that there may be a Taser X2C as its’ replacement. However, did you know about Taser X26C?

    http://www.stonewalltactical.com/Taser.html

    “The TASER X26c series offers the highest take-down power available. With innovative Shaped Pulse™ and Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) technologies, the TASER X26c temporarily overrides the central nervous system, limiting muscular control. It debilitates even the most aggressive persons and is even effective on persons under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.”

  46. Proper justice. So sick and tired of horrific crimes being committed with these guys caught in the act only to (jeez!) plead NOT GUILTY in court.

  47. To the police officer: Job well done! We need more people like you. Thank you so much for saving this little girl. By the way… WALMART: Cleanup on isle 12! Again, job well done. You are definately a hero.

  48. This officer did not “take” somebody’s life. The kidnapper did that to himself. The officer “saved” a life. He gave a little girl her future. Ups to the officer! He’s truely a hero. Thank you sir!

  49. Sorry for all bleeding heart liberal dick heads but ALL criminals should be shot dead to make room in prisons and do their duty to protect us which they never do. If they dont we should wipe them all out and then take care to clean up big bisuness and our pussy paid off guttless elected rip off reps. Truth only Steve Chase

  50. What is wrong with our society with blaming the victim. “She could of, would of, should of”! The point is, it could of been anyone! She was always within distance from her baby. Not everyone can afford a sitter just to go grocery shopping. People that are judging her obviously do not have kids.

  51. No one finds anything funny about this video watch this guys demeanor at one point he seems to be rocking the child, he was afraid of something. What kidnapper says hey here’s my phone call this Dallas officer. Hell no he’s going to run with that child. He was talking about illuminati and George bush! Do your homework people!!! And no I am not saying it was right for him to do this at all! But something is going on and its time everyone wakes up!!!

  52. If he was not taken down this time, somebody or more people in the near future will be killed or hurt and you might be the one.

  53. Wow. Some of these responses are straight sickening and extremely ignorant. It’s really a shame we have so much trash clogging up our society. The hostage could have just as easily been killed as was the criminal. But I guess people don’t think about that or just don’t care because they’re obviously praying for people to die everyday.

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