San Antonio police officer fired after shooting teen in McDonald’s parking lot

A Texas police officer shot and injured a teenager sitting in his car eating a hamburger, police said.

Police Training Commander Alyssa Campos said in a video statement released Wednesday that San Antonio Officer James Brainand was fired after shooting 17-year-old Eric Cantu in a McDonald’s parking lot on October 2, with bodycam footage of the officer in the incident. were involved.

Campos said Brainand had responded to an unrelated disturbance at McDonald’s when he saw Cantu inside the car he had escaped the day before, Campos said.

San Antonio police officer fired after shooting teen in restaurant parking lot
Bodycam video of a San Antonio police officer shooting and injuring a teenage boy in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant on October 2, 2022.

San Antonio Police Department

A Texas prosecutor said in a statement Friday that he did not see enough evidence to file charges against the teenager.

Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said, “While the murder of an unarmed teenager on Sunday by a San Antonio police officer is being investigated, the facts and evidence we have found so far have called for further investigation by Eric The charges against Cantu are dismissed.” ,

Campos said Brainend, who had been on the force for less than a year, violated his training and police procedures after approaching the car.

Campos said, “The officer suddenly opened the driver’s door and ordered the driver to get out of the car” that Brainand had requested before the backup officers arrived.

Cantu, in the officer’s body camera video, looks at Brainand holding the hamburger, then rears the car, hitting the officer with an open door.

When the door was closed, Brainand fired several shots and Cantu left.

Cantu, who was hit by bullets, stopped nearby, where he and a passenger, who was not injured, were found by the police.

“I can’t defend the officer’s actions that night,” Police Chief William McManus told WOAI-TV. “I think what happened, there was some contact in the beginning, but that doesn’t justify shooting.”

Cantu was hospitalized in stable condition and was initially charged with police evasion and aggravated assault.

District Attorney Gonzales said no decision had been made about whether to pursue charges against Brainand pending the results of a police investigation into the shooting.

Gonzales said, “As we do with all officer-involved shootings that result in death or grievous injury, we will present the case to a grand jury for their consideration. Until that happens, we will have no further action on the matter.” Can’t comment.”

Police and a lawyer for Cantu did not immediately return phone calls for comment on Friday.

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