Texas police officer shot after shooting a 17-year-old man eating in a McDonald’s parking lot

A San Antonio cop was fired after shooting a teenager eating in the parking lot outside McDonald’s.

Based on The New York Times on Sunday, the situation eased when the officer – identified as James Brennand – responded to an unrelated nuisance call at a fast food restaurant around 10:45 p.m. Sunday, October 2. Captain Alyssa Campos explained in a video statement:

“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. .”

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Believing the vehicle had been stolen, Campos said Brennand had called to “seek shelter” but was still able to reach the vehicle before other officers arrived on the scene. Shocking footage released by the police department later shows him walking up to the parked car and suddenly opening the driver’s door. Teenager – who has been identified as Erik Cantu – can be seen sitting in the driver’s seat eating a hamburger while a 17-year-old girl sits next to him in the passenger seat. In the video, Brennand tells Erik:

“Get out of the car.”

However, the teenager panicked and backed up with the driver’s door open. That’s when Brennand fired multiple shots at Erik. In the video, gunshots can be heard as the vehicle reverses and the doors close. Later, multiple shots were fired as the car pulled out of the parking lot, and the officer told the others on his radio:

“Shot! Shot! “

Terrible. You can check out the timing below:

The two teenagers were found a block away. The girl was not injured, but Erik was taken to the hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. His lawyer Brian Powers told The New York Times:

“He is still in critical condition and is literally fighting for his life every minute of the day. His body has suffered a tremendous amount of trauma.”

Meanwhile, San Antonio Police Department said that Brennand, a junior officer who had only joined the force seven months ago, was fired for violating department tactics, training and procedures. Manager William McManus speak:

“The former officer’s actions are indisputable and inconsistent with our training, tactics and procedures. As such, I terminated him. I will decline to comment further as this incident is still under investigation.”

After the shooting, police announced Cantu was charged with fleeing custody with a vehicle and assaulting a peace officer. However, Joe Gonzales, the Bexar district attorney, said at a news conference Friday that he dismissed the case. Police also did not say whether the car was indeed stolen. While Gonzales praised the department for firing Brennand, he noted that the former officer could face criminal charges once investigators finish reviewing the case:

“We have other decisions we have to make along the way, which may include charging him.”

We are keeping Erik in our thoughts as he continues to fight for his life right now.

[Image via San Antonio Police Department]


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