San Antonio police officer fired after shooting 17-year-old in McDonald’s parking lot

The San Antonio Police Department fired an officer after bodycam footage showed him shooting a teenager who was eating a hamburger in a McDonald’s parking lot in Texas.

The 17-year-old, identified by police as Erik Cantu, was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

The department terminated Officer James Brennand on Wednesday over the incident because of his actions, which violated the department’s tactics, training and procedures, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

According to police, Officer Brennand was responding to a disturbance call on Oct. 2 when he noticed a vehicle he believed had fled from him the night before during an attempted traffic stop.

The footage shows the officer approaching the car and opening the door when he sees Cantu eating a hamburger with a female passenger and orders him out.

Police said the officer reported the car door hit him as the teenager began to back the car up.

Bodycam video shows the officer firing 10 times at the moving vehicle before chasing it on foot.

PHOTO: An ambulance removes Erik Cantu from the scene of a shooting as emergency personnel respond to the scene of a police officer shooting a teenager outside a McDonald's in San Antonio, Texas, October 2, 2022.

An ambulance removes Erik Cantu from the scene of a shooting as emergency personnel respond to the scene of a police officer shooting a teenager outside a McDonald’s in San Antonio, Texas, October 2, 2022. James Brennand, a probationary police officer who served on the force for seven months opened fire on 17-year-old Erik Cantu after approaching a car he believed to be stolen.


Police said the passenger in the vehicle was not injured during the incident.

In a statement to ABC News on Sunday, Cantu’s family said through his lawyer that the teenager is on life sentence and fighting to stay alive.

“We thank you for your heartfelt thoughts on the status of Erik’s recovery. We would like to inform you that he is still in critical condition and is literally fighting for his life every minute of the day as his body has undergone a tremendous amount of trauma,” Cantu’s lawyer. , Brian Powers, said. “He is still on life support. We need all the blessing we can get at this time. We kindly ask for privacy beyond this update as this is a delicate moment in our lives and we are focused on one thing and it’s getting him home.”

The San Antonio Police Officer’s Association had no immediate comment after Brennand’s dismissal from the force, but in a new statement to ABC News, union president Danny Diaz said the organization will not represent Brennand because he had not completed his 1-year probationary period for new officers at the time of the shooting.

“New police recruits must complete a 1-year probationary period before becoming eligible for union benefits,” Diaz said. “We understand the San Antonio Police Department’s decision to terminate Officer James Brennand, but we will refrain from further comment until a full investigation is completed.”

ABC News’ Nick Kerr and Jennifer Watts contributed to this report.

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