Second video emerges in police shooting of man with hands raised – USA TODAY
Gilbert Flores, who was shot to death by police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call.(Photo: Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)
In a second video has emerged in an incident in which two Texas police officers shoot and kill a man who appears to have had his hands up.
The new video shows, ” a “very clear view” of the confrontation, Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said Tuesday. LaHood said it was unclear what the suspect’s intent was in raising his hands and cautioned against a rush to judgment.
“I don’t know what his intent was,” he said. “All I can tell you is the video is disturbing. But my encouragement to everyone is to press the pause button.”
The shooting was first seen by the public in cell phone footage obtained by a local TV station, KSAT, and available on its website, which shows two San Antonio-area sheriff’s deputies shooting 41-year-old Gilbert Flores Friday after they responded to a domestic disturbance call.
According to another station, KENS-TV, police said the deputies found a woman who was bleeding from her head and holding a toddler, who also may have been hurt.
At first, Flores is seen running shirtless in front of a home as the officers approach him. He then seems to put his hands up moments before they shoot him to the ground.
Deputies who shot, killed man are identified
“He put his hands in the air and they just shot him twice,” Michael Thomas, the man who KSAT says filmed the video, told the station.
After the incident, the officers were identified by police officials as Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez. Both have more than 10 years on the force, and have been put on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Thomas said he recorded the incident because of increased publicity about police-involved killings.
“I thought with everything going on in the world, with police shootings and everything, I thought I would record what was happening,” he told CNN.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said Flores was armed with a knife and resisting arrest when deputies showed up. Neither deputy was wearing a body camera.
“We are aware that there is recorded video which appears to show the final moments of this deputy-involved shooting,” Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said Friday. “It’s among many pieces of evidence that we are …Read More