KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) – Video launched Wednesday by civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt exhibits the moments earlier than a Killeen police officer shot and killed a person whom police described as “emotionally distressed,” and the rapid aftermath as a resident repeatedly says, “I told you, don’t use a gun.”
The officer shot and killed Patrick Warren, Sr., after responding at round 5:30 p.m. Sunday within the 1600 block of Carrollton Avenue in Killeen.
“A mental health call should not be a death sentence,” Merritt, who’s representing Warren’s household, stated in a press launch Wednesday.
The household is demanding the firing and the arrest of the officer, an unbiased investigation and the discharge of physique and dashboard digital camera video.
The video, which seems to have been edited, exhibits the officer on the door, after which briefly coming into the home earlier than stepping again outdoors, after which exhibits Warren stepping out along with his fingers within the air.
The capturing occurred out of the view of the surveillance digital camera, however the gunfire is audible on what seems to be cellphone video.
“Upon the officer’s arrival, he encountered an emotionally distressed man,” police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez stated earlier.
“The officer initially used his conducted energy weapon, which was ineffective, and then discharged his duty weapon during the encounter, striking the subject,” she stated.
Warren was taken to Carl R. Darnall Military Medical Middle the place he died.
Neighbors stated they noticed Warren on Saturday chanting on the road the place he lived.
They described him as a “nice guy” who helped neighbors with their yard work.
Warren’s household had “contacted mental health professionals for help” after noticing adjustments in Warren’s conduct, Merritt stated within the press launch.
The household was advised a psychological well being deputy wasn’t out there so Killeen officers had been despatched to the house as a substitute, he stated.
Warren, Merritt stated, “initially greeted officers, but asked them to leave his property.”
After utilizing a Taser in an try and subdue Warren, Merritt says, the officer “fired his first shot into Patrick and (then) redirected his weapon towards Patrick’s wife, Barbara, telling her to get back from Patrick.”
“The officer again trains his weapon on Patrick’s body and continues to fire his weapon, killing him,” Merritt stated.
The officer, whose title was not launched, was positioned on administrative depart.
Texas Rangers are investigating.
Merritt additionally represents the household of Michael Dean of Temple who was shot to loss of life by Officer Carmen DeCruz on Dec. 2, 2019 after a pursuit and in January 2018 filed and later dropped a brutality declare in opposition to Harker Heights police following a public intoxication arrest on New Yr’s Day.
Decruz was indicted for manslaughter in 2020.
KWTX has requested sprint and physique cam video of the capturing from the Killeen Police Division.
Warren’s household has created a GoFundMe account to boost funds for funeral bills.
Warren had misplaced his job due to the pandemic and his life insurance coverage coverage had lately expired.
(Rosemond Crown contributed to this story)
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