Texas traffic stop turns violent
Bodycam footage of a man pulling a gun on the officer during a traffic stop in Pasadena.
Images released by the authorities showed a Texan man pointed a gun at a Houston police officer before he is shot to death on Thursday.
The man, Marco Antonio Saavedra, 44, was pulled over in Pasadena, Texas, after running a stop sign Thursday when he ignored officers’ request to stay in his vehicle. The video showed Saavedra to get out of his white limousine.
Saavedra can be heard, saying: “What have I done” as he got out of his vehicle and stood up.
The officer told Saavedra three times to “stay in the vehicle” and then told him twice to “show me your hands.” Saavedra had his right hand behind his back, as he stood next to his car.
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Saavedra then leaned back in his car for pulling a gun and pointing it in the direction of the agent. The officer fired multiple times and hit Saavedra on the left side of his body.
The director is seen stumbling around the street, raising his gun a second time. The officer fired several times, hitting Saavedra, who then fell on the sidewalk. The officer also hit the passenger window of his cop car with a bullet.
It was not immediately clear if Saavedra fired any shots.
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The Pasadena Police Department identified the officer involved in the shooting, Marc Adams, 40, a 13-year veteran of the force, Click 2 Houston reported. He is placed in administrative leave for several days.
Pasadena Police Asst. Chief Josh Bruegger, said Adams was “clearly shaken up.”
“When a director is placed in a position where he has to take someone’s life, it is a stressful situation,” Bruegger said. “It is a pity that the official is placed in the position, but, if the suspect points a weapon directly at the officer the officer really has no choice, but to defend themselves.”
Bruegger told reporters Thursday that the shooting appeared justified, but the case would be presented to a grand jury.
Pasadena Police spokesman Vance Mitchell said Saavedra had a warrant of arrest on aggravated assault charges and for violating his bond. Court records show Saavedra, of Houston, had been accused of assaulting his wife on at least two occasions. The police said the gun Saavedra had was reported stolen.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.