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Teenager shot by police officer at McDonald’s remains on life support as questions grow over incident

Eric Cantu, 17 years old shot by a police officer His family said he remains on life support in a McDonald’s parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, with more surgery scheduled.

Body camera video shows police officer James Brainand walking towards a parked car on October 2. The officer opens the driver’s side door and orders Cantu to get out of the vehicle. Cantu looks shocked and overturns the car.

About five seconds after the door was opened, the officer fired five rounds at the car. Then he shoots five more times as the car drives away.

Brainand, who was with the San Antonio Police Department for less than a year, has been fired for the incident. Once the police investigation is complete, the case will be handed over to the District Attorney’s Civil Rights Division before a grand jury decides whether charges will be filed.

Police Chief William McManus said: “That night the officer didn’t do anything in accordance with our training or our policies.”

Brainand was called in for an unrelated mess at McDonald’s. He told investigators that the car looked like a car that had escaped from him the day before.

Cantu’s friend, Jorge Ramos, said he was surprised by the body camera video.

“It was absolutely heartbreaking,” Ramos said. “When I saw that video, it broke me.”

While Cantu fights for his life, his friends and family are praying.

“He inspired me so much to be a better person,” Ramos said. “He’s positive and motivated and ambitious and happy too. Seeing him lying there helpless is just so many emotions. I’m trying to be as strong as I can.”

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