On May 6, a gunman opened fire at a Texas outlet mall, killing eight people and injuring numerous more. On May 13, the Allen Police Department released body camera footage of the officer who fatally shot the gunman.
The officer, who had responded to the Allen Premium Outlets on an unrelated case, heard the gunfire, drew his weapon, and killed the perpetrator, as captured on body camera footage.
“This video shows how quickly a routine interaction with the public turned into a life-and-death situation,” Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said in a news release. “The officer recognized the danger, ran toward the gunfire and neutralized the threat – and for his actions, the Allen community is forever grateful.”
A few minutes after opening fire in the crowded mall, Mauricio Garcia was shot and killed. He has never been convicted of a crime before.
“He just shot people,” witnesses said of the Texas mall shooter, who had eight firearms with him.
The tweet below verifies the news:
FULL VIDEO: Allen police have released body camera footage of the officer who shot and killed the Allen Premium Outlets shooter.
WARNING: The video contains images and language some may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised. https://t.co/5p4gchBSJM
— WFAA (@wfaa) June 28, 2023
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Officer Moves Towards the Gunfire, Shoots Attacker
After speaking with a family of three, the officer hears the sound of gunfire, prompting the officer to begin editing the footage by obscuring the faces of civilians and casualties and removing some dialogue. A police officer stated, “145, I think we got shots fired at the outlet mall,” as he reached for his firearm. As a result, “now people running.”
The cop took off in the direction of the gunfire. Saying, “145, I believe we got a mass shooter,” he called the number of victims in the shooting. The cop saw Garcia with a gun and ordered him to put it down. A few seconds later, he opened fire on Garcia. “Police fired shots, and I took him down,”
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Grand jury finds police department’s use of force was justified in Texas shooting
After a grand jury found that the police’s use of deadly force was legal under Texas law, the department released the tape. On Monday, the grand jury heard testimony from the Texas Rangers and the district attorney’s office in Collin County.
The grand jury concluded that the use of force was appropriate and delivered a “no bill” on Tuesday based on their evaluation of the evidence. “The Allen Police Department appreciates the hard work of the grand jury, Texas Rangers and the District Attorney’s Office by ensuring a process that helps promote accountability, community involvement and transparency,” the news release said.
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