Video released Monday by a Texas television station appears to show deputies fatally shooting a man with his hands up after authorities said they were unable to detain him using non-lethal weapons. The deputies, who have served in the sheriffs office for more than 10 years, have been placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. The two deputies attempted to arrest the individual and he resisted, Pamerleau said.
Gilbert Flores, 41, was killed Friday morning after Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies Robert Sanchez and Greg Vasquez opened fire while responding to a call for a domestic disturbance. Officials said Flores was armed with a knife when they arrived and officers found a woman with a head wound, holding a baby.
Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said deputies struggled with Flores for 20 minutes and tried to take him into custody using a Taser and shield, before he was fatally shot, the San Antonio Express News reported.
An edited portion of the video, which was shot from about 100 feet away by witness Michael Thomas, was first broadcast Friday by KSAT, but did not show the fatal shooting.
“It’s very shocking and looks very bad,” Nelson Wolff, the county judge and its highest elected official told The New York Times. “I’ve been in this position for 14 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it.” Read more…