The family of Killeen, Texas, a man who was fatally shot by police in the backyard of his home, is calling for the arrest of the police officer.
The shooting happened Sunday shortly before 5:30 p.m., when the family of Patrick Warren Sr., a black man, called police to request that a mental health professional be sent home.
Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who represents the family, told NBC affiliate KCEN-TV that the family was told that a mental health deputy was not available, so a police officer was sent.
The Killeen Police Department said that police officer Reynaldo Contreras was sent home in response to a psychiatric call. When Contreras arrived, he “met an emotionally troubled man,”
The officer used his “directed energy weapon” against Warren, but it was not effective, police said. He then used his pistol to hit the 52-year-old man. Warren died in hospital from his injuries.
It is not clear what led to Contreras firing his weapon. The Killeen Police Department did not return a request for comment on Thursday. Contreras also did not immediately return a request for comment.
Texas Rangers, which is leading the investigation into the shooting, said it would not disseminate information at this time, “so as not to jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.”
Moments before and after the shooting were captured on video, which Merritt shared on her Twitter page on Wednesday.
In a video taken by a camera ringing the doorbell, the officer knocks on the front door and is told to enter. A few minutes later, Contreras leaves home, followed by Warren, who waves his arms in the air.
The officer is heard begging Warren to come down. Someone in the house yells at Contreras not to shoot. Warren walks over to the officer and out of sight of the camera.
Another video, apparently taken on a cell phone, shows Warren getting up from the ground and looking away from the camera. A man yells at Warren to “sit down.” Several shots can be heard in the video.
“No! I said you don’t use a gun,” the man shouted.
Contreras, a 5-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department, was placed on administrative leave, a standard practice in officer-related shootings. Merritt said the officer should be arrested immediately.
“#PatrickWarrenSr was killed by @KilleenPD. He was on his own property. He was unarmed. He was suffering from a mental health crisis and just needed help,” the lawyer tweeted. “Instead, he was shot three times in the chest and beaten. We demand the immediate arrest of this officer.”
Warren’s wife, Bobby, said her husband lost his job at a local factory because of the coronavirus pandemic. He had started a landscaping business so he could provide for his family.
“Patrick was a loving husband, father and devoted man of God. As we deal with the pain of his sudden loss, we want the community to join us in honor of his name and demand justice,” she said in a statement shared by her. lawyer.
Killeen Police Chief Charles Kimball said a thorough investigation into the shooting would be carried out. The police department also conducts a separate investigation into the Interior.
“This incident is rightly a matter of great concern to the community. As Chief of Police in Killeen, it is my duty to ensure that an in-depth investigation is carried out so that all parties, including the public, have the answers they are looking for. There are many more facts in this case that are not currently publicly available, “he said in a statement.
“I assure you that more information will be provided as soon as possible and I ask for your patience as both investigations continue.”