The family of Killeen, Texas, a man who was shot dead by police in his front yard, is demanding the arrest of authorities.
The shooting took place on Sunday just before 5:30 p.m., when the family of black man Patrick Warren Sr. called police to request a mental health professional be sent home.
Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney representing the family, told KCEN-TV, a NBC subsidiary, that the family was told there was no mental health aide and sent police officers.
The Killeen Police Department said Officer Reynaldo Contreras was sent home in response to a psychiatric call. When Contreras came to him “Found a man with a grudge,”; according to a police statement.
Staff use “Power weapons” against Warren, but ineffective, police said. He then shot the 52-year-old man with a gun, Warren died in hospital from his injuries.
It is not clear what caused Contreras to fire 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.
The Texas Rangers, which are holding an investigation into the shooting, said it would not disclose information at this time. “For the integrity of the investigation will not be in jeopardy”
The moments before and after the shoot were recorded in a video, which Merritt shared Wednesday on his Twitter page.
In the video recorded by the doorbell cameras, staff knocked on the front door and ordered to get inside. After a moment, Contreras left the house, followed by Warren waving in midair.
An officer was heard asking Warren to come down to the ground. Someone in the house yelled, asking Contreras not to shoot, Warren walked to the officer and couldn’t see the camera.
Apparently, another video, shot with a cell phone, shows Warren getting off the floor and walking away from the camera view. A man shouted to Warren “sit down.” Several shots can be heard in the video.
“not! I told you not to use a gun, ”screamed the man.
Contreras, a five-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department, was suspended, a standard practice in firing involving officers. Merritt said officers should be arrested immediately.
“#PatrickWarrenSr was killed by @KilleenPD, he owns his own property, he’s unarmed, he’s suffering from a mental health crisis and just needs help,” the lawyer tweeted, “but he was shot in the chest and tied three times. Please arrest this officer immediately. “
Warren’s wife Bobby said her husband had lost his job at a local factory due to the coronavirus outbreak. He started a gardening business so he could raise a family.
“Patrick is a loving husband, father and devotion to God as we deal with the pain of his sudden loss. It’s fair, ”she said in a statement to her lawyer.
Killeen Police Chief Charles Kimble said there would be a thorough investigation into the shooting. The police department is also conducting a separate investigation of internal affairs.
“This is of great concern to the community. As Killeen Police Chief, it is my duty to make sure that a thorough investigation is conducted so that all parties, including the public, have the answers to them. Need for facts, there are still many more on this subject. The case is not public at this time. He said in a statement.
“I assure you that additional information will be provided as soon as appropriate, and I urge you to be patient while both investigations continue.”