San Antonio police officer James Brennand was fired after body camera footage showed him shooting and injuring 17-year-old Erik Cantu while he was in a burger-eating car in the parking lot. one’s car McDonald’s.
Based on NBC NewsThe police department announced that Brennand was fired after leaving Cantu hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds. As of Friday morning, Cantu’s condition remained unknown. Police said Brennand went to the fast food restaurant on Blanco Street around 10:45 p.m. Sunday because of an unrelated nuisance call.
Captain Alyssa Campos, the department’s training commander, said,
“As the officer tried to gather information from witnesses, he noticed a vehicle evaded him the day before when the officer tried to stop because the registered number plate did not match the actual vehicle. .”
She went on to explain that the car Cantu was driving that night had nothing to do with the nuisance call Brennand responded to.
Brennand reported that the car Cantu was driving had been stolen and called for assistance. However, he reached the vehicle before his assistant arrived. In the full-body camera footage, Brennand can be seen opening the driver’s side door as Cantu eats a burger. He then ordered Cantu to get out of the car. When the car was reversed, Brennand fired several shots at the vehicle as it drove away.
VIDEO: Body cam video shows San Antonio police officer James Brennand firing multiple shots at the 17-year-old suspect, who drove away when asked to get out of his vehicle in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on the North Side at night. Sunday.
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NBC News reported that there was a 17-year-old female passenger in the car with Cantu. The car was discovered a short distance from the scene, the passengers were not injured.
Based on CNNCantu was charged with fleeing the vehicle and assaulting the officer, as the officer claimed he was hit by the same door he forcibly opened before Cantu reversed the vehicle. However, Cantu’s defense attorney Brian Powers shared that the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday that prosecutors will not continue with the charges against Cantu.
Brennand is still on probation, a requirement for officers who graduated from the police academy less than a year ago. He had joined the force for seven months before his expiration. It has yet to be announced if he will be charged.
This incident is still under investigation.
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