"Stop!", Ordered the officer.
Three seconds and two commands later the officer opened fire. The body camera footage, now released by police in San Bernardino, California, captures the five shots that killed Sanchez and the screams of a woman when he fell on the grass.
The officer's decisions "do not meet the standards held by our department or the community we serve," Acting Police Chief Eric McBride said at a briefing Friday, the year after the Sept. 28 shooting. The officer is no longer in power, he said, and the San Bernardino District Attorney's Office is investigating potential criminal charges.
The alarming video was released as fatal shootings by police continue to outrage nationwide and leave communities skeptical that they will get justice.
The recent conviction of a former Dallas officer who shot her neighbor at his home, as well as murder charges against a Fort Worth officer who killed a woman playing video games in her home, has been hailed by some as encouraging signs of law enforcement to be held accountable for unjustified lethal force. But years of cases that have not led to dismissals or accusations have been distrusted.
The Sanchez family praised the readiness of the San Bernardino police to investigate Sanchez's murder in a statement given to local media.
"While Richard's sudden passing left a void that could not be filled in the lives of his family members, the family was honored and encouraged by the swift assumption of responsibility by the San Bernardino Police Department ̵
1; whose investigation of this tragic incident was intended to uncover the truth, even when it meant admitting a colleague's mistakes, "the statement said.
The family's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Police allege that they were the answer at the San Bernardino home after Sanchez's daughter-in-law called to say that he threatened family members in the kitchen with a gun and made strange statements – for example, that she was "God." The fairy woman flushed for her safety and fled the house with children,
Weapons trained on Sanchez through the open front door, officers told the man to drop his gun several times. Put him on the couch.
"Suddenly and without being told to do so, Sanchez proceeded to officers by taking eight steps, ”Sgt. John Echevaria briefed on the video.
Commanded to raise his hands, Sanchez complied. But he went through three restraining orders,
It is not clear if the officer who fired on Sanchez, whose name is not immediately available, was fired or resigned, although McBride says "disciplinary actions have been started . "The San Bernardino Police Department did not immediately respond to questions from the Post Office.
Another body camera officer returned to service, police said.
McBride noted that members of his department" responded to fast-moving and often dangerous situations every day, "he adds later," each meeting is unique and requires officers to make split second decisions without taking advantage of 20-20 reversals. "
The chief did not detail how decision-making did not meet the standards and stated that the police officer's internal review of the officer's actions did not conclude whether he was in violation of the law.