HOUSTON – Video released by authorities shows a suburb of Houston police officer fatal shooting of a driver during a traffic stop after the man ignored requests to stay in his vehicle and pulled a gun, police said Friday, reported stolen.
The director, who as the 44-year-old Marco Antonio Saavedra, had four warrants for his arrest, said Pasadena Police spokesman Vance Mitchell.
After Thursday’s shooting, Pasadena police released video of the officer’s bodycam and his vehicle’s dashboard camera.
In the video , the officer pulled over Saavedra white car after the driver ran a stop sign.
When Saavedra stopped his car, he opened his door, and heard to say: “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.
Saavedra then leaned back in his car for pulling a gun. The officer fired multiple times and hit Saavedra on the left side of his body.
The driver stumbled around the street for the education of his rifle a second time. The officer fired several times, hitting Saavedra, who then fell on the sidewalk.
Pasadena Assistant chief Joshua Bruegger told reporters Thursday that the shooting appeared justified, but the case would be presented to a grand jury.
Mitchell said Friday that 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 Pasadena police-officer, whose name was not released, was on administrative leave for several days. The officer has been with the police for 13 years, Mitchell said.
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