San Antonio officer James Brennand has been fired after physique digital camera footage confirmed that he shot and injured 17-year-old Erik Cantu whereas he was inside a car consuming a burger within the parking zone of a McDonald’s.
In response to NBC Information, the police division introduced that Brennand was fired after leaving Cantu hospitalized with a number of gunshot wounds. As of Friday morning, Cantu’s situation remained unknown. Police shared that Brennand arrived on the quick meals restaurant on Blanco Highway round 10:45 p.m. Sunday for an unrelated disturbance name.
Capt. Alyssa Campos, the division’s coaching commander, stated,
“Because the officer tried to collect info from witnesses, he observed a car that had evaded him the day earlier than because the officer tried a cease as a result of the registered license plate didn’t match the precise car.”
She continued to clarify that the car that Cantu had pushed that night time, had nothing to do with the disturbance name that Brennand had responded to.
Brennand reportedly believed the automotive Cantu had been driving was stolen and referred to as for backup. Nevertheless, he approached the car earlier than his backup arrived. Within the physique digital camera footage, Brennand may be seen opening the driving force’s aspect door, as Cantu ate a burger. He then ordered Cantu to get out of the automotive. Because the automotive is put into reverse, Brennand fires a number of rounds into the automotive because it drives off.
VIDEO: Physique cam video reveals San Antonio Police officer James Brennand hearth a number of photographs on the 17-year-old suspect, who drove off whereas being requested to get out of the car within the parking zone of a North Aspect McDonald’s on Sunday night time.
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NBC Information studies there was a 17-year-old feminine passenger within the automotive with Cantu. The automotive was discovered a block away from the scene, the passenger didn’t endure any accidents.
In response to CNN, Cantu was charged with evading detention in a car and assaulting the officer, because the officer claimed that he was hit by the identical door he forcibly opened earlier than Cantu put the automotive in reverse. Nevertheless, Cantu’s protection lawyer, Brian Powers shared that the Bexar County District Legal professional’s Workplace introduced on Friday that prosecutors wouldn’t be transferring ahead with expenses towards Cantu.
Brennand was nonetheless in his probationary interval, which is a requirement for officers who graduated from the police academy lower than a 12 months in the past. He had been within the power for seven months previous to his termination. It has not been introduced if he could be charged with a criminal offense.
This incident remains to be underneath investigation.
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