The police officer who shot an unarmed 17-year-old in his car in a McDonald’s parking lot turned himself in Tuesday and will likely face felony charges, according to reports.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said James Brennand, a probation officer, was fired from his position several days after the Oct. 2 shooting, which left the teenager in critical condition. Brennand is accused of two cases of serious violence by a public employee.
The teenager, Erik Cantu, remained on life support. His lawyer Brian Powers said in a statement: “At this time there is no improvement in his condition. He remains unconscious and on life support. The last two days have been difficult and we anticipate more difficulties ahead, but we remain hopeful .”
The teenager was shot multiple times by the officer last week while eating a burger in a McDonald’s parking lot.
McManus, speaking about the officer’s bodycam video, told the media: “The video was horrific. There is no doubt that anyone looking at that video that the shooting is not justified.”
He added: “We have a policy that prohibits officers from shooting at vehicles, moving vehicles, except if their life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger.”
“This vehicle, it was very telling to me that this vehicle was moving away from the officer and moving parallel to the officer, so it was pretty clear to me at that point that we were going to have a problem,” police said. said the boss.
The former Texas officer responded to an unrelated disturbance call at a McDonald’s and noticed a vehicle during an attempt to pull over. He then approached the car and “abruptly” opened the driver’s door and ordered the 17-year-old to get out.
In the bodycam video, the boy can be seen putting the car in reverse with the driver’s door still open, and the officer then opens fire as the driver appears to leave the scene.
A passenger in the car was unharmed.
McManus later fired Mr Brennand, saying his “actions are inconsistent with our training, tactics and procedures”.
After the shooting last week, District Attorney Joe Gonzales’ office said in a statement: “Once SAPD has completed its investigation into the actions of former Officer James Brennand and submits the case to our office, our Civil Rights Division will review the filing in full. As we do with all shootings involving officers that results in death or serious injury, we will present the case to a grand jury for consideration.
“Until that happens, we cannot comment further on this matter.”