The family of a Killeen from Texas, a man badly shot by police in the front yard of his home, is calling for the arrest of the officer.
The shooting occurred just before 5:30 pm Sunday, when the family of Patrick Warren Sr., a black man, called police to ask that a mental health professional be sent home.
Civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt, who is representing the family, told NBC affiliate KCN-TV that the family was told a mental health sub was not available so a police officer was dispatched.
The Killeen Police Department said Officer Renaldo Contreras was sent home in response to a psychotherapy call. According to the police statement, he “confronted an emotionally distressed person” when Contreras arrived.
Police said Warren had used his “held energy weapon”, but was not effective. He then used his gun, hitting the 52-year-old man. Warren died in hospital from his injuries.
It is not clear in which direction the Contreras moved their weapon. The Killeen Police Department did not return a request for comment on Thursday. Contreras also did not immediately return a request for comment.
The Texas Rangers, who are investigating the shooting, said it would not release information at this time “so that the integrity of the investigation was not jeopardized.”
Moments before and after the shooting were captured on video, which Merritt shared on his Twitter page on Wednesday.
In the video captured by the Ring Doorbell camera, the officer knocks on the front door and is asked to come inside. After a few moments, Contreras leaves the house chased by Warren, who is waving his hands in the air.
The officer is heard asking Warren to come down to the ground. Someone in the house yells not to shoot the controres. Warren walks towards the officer and with the camera in view.
Another video, apparently filmed on a cell phone, showed Warren getting up from the ground and walking out of the camera scene. A man shouts to Warren “Sit down.” Many shots can be heard in the video.
“No, I told you not to use a gun,” the man shouts.
Contreras, a 5-year-old Veteran from the Collen Police Department, was placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice in officer firing. Merritt said that the officer should be arrested immediately.
Lawyer tweeted, “#KatenWarrenSr was murdered by @KilleenPD. He was on his property. He was unarmed. He was suffering from a mental health crisis and needed help,” the lawyer tweeted. “Instead he was shot three times in his chest and was fatigued. We demand immediate arrest of this officer.”
Killeen Police Chief Charles Kimble issued a statement saying the shooting would be thoroughly investigated. The police department is also conducting a separate internal affairs investigation.
“This incident is a matter of great concern to the community. As the Chief of Police of Killeen, it is my duty to ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out so that all sides, including the public, have their answers. They have many other facts.” The case which is not publicly available at this time, ”he said.
“I assure you that more information will be made available as soon as possible, and I demand your patience as both investigations proceed.”