The family of a man in Killeen, Texas was fatally shot by the police in the front yard of his house, demanding his arrest.
The shooting occurred before 5:30 pm on Sunday when the family of a black man, Patrick Warren Sr., called the police and asked to send a mental health professional home.
The civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt, who represents the family, told NBC affiliate KCEN-TV that the family was told that there was no mental health representative, so a police officer was sent.
Killeen Police Department said that officer Reynaldo Contreras (Reynaldo Contreras) was sent home in response to psychiatric calls. The police statement said that when Contreras arrived, he “meeted a depressed person.”
The police said the officer used his “conductive energy weapon” on Warren, but the effect was not good. Then, he shot the 52-year-old man with a gun. Warren died in the hospital from injuries.
It is not clear what caused Contreras to fire the weapon. The Killeen Police Department did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday. Contreras did not immediately return a request for comment.
The Texas Rangers, who are investigating the shooting, said they will not release information at this time, “so as not to compromise the integrity of the investigation.”
The moments before and after the shooting are recorded in the video, and Merritt shared the video on his Twitter page on Wednesday.
In the video captured by the Ring Doorbell camera, the police officer knocked on the front door and was told to enter the room. A moment later, Contreras left home, followed by Warren, who was waving his hands in the air.
Hear the official asking Warren to go to the ground. Someone in the family yelled Contreras not to shoot. Warren walked towards the officer but did not see the camera.
Apparently another video shot on the phone showed Warren standing up from the ground and walking forward out of the camera’s line of sight. A man shouted Warren “Sit down.” Several photos can be heard in the video.
“No! I told you not to use a gun,” the man screamed.
Contreras, a five-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department, is on administrative leave, which is standard practice for police officers to shoot. Merritt said the official should be arrested immediately.
The lawyer wrote on Twitter: “#PatrickWarrenSr was murdered by @KilleenPD. He is on his own property. He has no weapons. He is suffering from a mental health crisis and only needs help.” “Instead, he was three times in the chest The gun was shot and beaten. We demanded that the officer be arrested immediately.”
Warren’s wife, Bobbie, said her husband had lost his job in a local factory due to the coronavirus pandemic. He has started a landscaping business, so he can support his family.
She said in a statement by the lawyer: “Patrick is a caring husband, father and pious God. When we face the pain of his sudden disappearance, we ask the community to join us in respecting his name and demanding justice. “.
Killing Police Chief Charles Kimble said that the shooting will be thoroughly investigated. The police department is also conducting a separate internal affairs investigation.
“This incident deserves great attention from all walks of life. As the Killing Police Chief, I have a responsibility to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted so that all parties, including the public, can find the answers they want. In this regard There are more facts. Cases that are not yet public.” He said in a statement.
“I assure you that I will provide more information as soon as appropriate. Please be patient during the two investigations.”