Police note that the situation unfolded quickly in a small space and the officers were protecting themselves, the Morning News reports.

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The officers, noticing the potential weapon, yell for the man to drop it as his mother is heard in the background screaming 'Jay! ' Harrison appears to take a step away from the doorway and the two officers immediately fire at the man.

In the video, a stun gun is seen in one of the officer's holsters but was never used to control Harrison.

In October, Harrison's family filed a wrongful death and violation of civil rights lawsuit against the officers, arguing that Harrison, who the family says was not a violent person, posed no threat to the cops, NBC reports.

Police say that the video confirms the officer's claims of self-defense.

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The family of Jason Harrison, a 39-year-old man who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, released the graphic video Monday to show the public how the police handled the mentally ill man. The body-camera footage shows Harrison's mother stepping away from the home as she told the police, Officers John Rodgers and Andrew Hutchins, that Harrison was 'bi-polar and schizo' and 'off the chain.'The 38-year-old is seen standing in the doorway twirling a screwdriver in his hands.

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