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Caught on video: Deputy disarms knife-wielding suspect

Up above, from one of the lofts, someone took video of what happened. In the video, the suspect is seen walking toward Curtin.

Tulsa County Sheriff's Deputy Catherine Curtin tased a knife-wielding suspect Monday after choosing not to use her gun.

Curtin's quick decision put her life in danger; however, she is happy with the choice she made.

"He asked me 'Why didn't you kill me? Why didn't you kill me? Why didn't you shoot me?'" said Curtin. "And I said to him, 'Because tomorrow is another day. Today may seem horrible, but tomorrow may look different. Tomorrow is another day.'"

Her story began Monday evening, after a long day of work. "I was on my way home," said Curtin.

She made it as far as the intersection of 5th and Denver when someone flagged her down. The person who waved her down said there was a man with two large knives about a half block from their location.

Curtin pulled up to the Y Lofts, just across the street from the courthouse, and her heart sank.

"They were knives, large, butcher knives, kitchen knives," said Curtin, so she got out of her patrol vehicle with her gun drawn.

"Because a person with a knife is as dangerous as a person with a gun," said Curtin.

Up above, from one of the lofts, someone took video of what happened.

In the video, the suspect is seen walking toward Curtin.

"The whole time, saying 'Shoot me; kill me,' over and over as I was commanding him to drop the weapons," said Curtin.

In a split-second decision, Curtin decided to put her gun away and draw her taser instead.

Even though the suspect was wearing a heavy jacket, it worked.

Justin Green with the sheriff's department says it was a gutsy call that paid off.

"Deputy Curtin, in the situation that she was in, would have been well within her rights within state law and within policy to use deadly force in that situation," said Green.

"I've been a deputy since 1999," said Curtin. "I am duty bound, bound by my ethics and my morals to keep people safe."

The suspect was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon and public intoxication.

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