Video: Man with apparent PTSD struggles with Gladstone officer, asks girlfriend to ‘shoot him’

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GLADSTONE, Mo. -- A Gladstone police officer struggled with a suspect for about 4 minutes, trying to keep Aaron Barker, 32, from getting a hold of his gun.

Barker's girlfriend Megan took video during the fight and wanted to explain that the man she loves suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving as a mortar man during a 10-month deployment in Iraq, where he saw combat every day and was blown up by a hidden bomb.

In the video above, FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien talked to Megan, who didn't want to show her face, but did want to explain Barker's actions.

At one point Barker can be heard telling Megan to help him as he's being held on the ground by the police officer. He also tells her to shoot the officer.

When help arrives for the Gladstone police officer, the officer says, "Just get my gun. He has been talking about having her shoot me."

See the video for more from Megan and the struggle.

"He blacks out, he doesn't know what he is doing, he just thinks that they are trying to hurt him," Megan said.


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