Lapel cam video, 911 calls shed light on officer-involved shooting

Updated: 03/08/2014 10:49 PM | Created: 03/08/2014 10:07 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque Police officers said they thought he had a gun, so they shot at Shaine Sherill two dozen times.

Lapel camera video revealed what happened moments before and after and now, newly released 911 calls shed even more light on what may have happened that day.

“The guy took the gun out of his pocket and aimed it at the cop! And so the cop pulled out his gun and I'm sure he says, put it down, and the guy starts shooting at the cop! I've never seen anything like that in my life,” one caller said.

That call backs up what officers thought they saw when they decided to shoot.

Sherrill was just out of prison. When officers spotted him running from a domestic violence call they stopped their cars around him.

Police say when he raised his arm, they thought they saw a gun in his hand and shot him.

But the original 911 call Sherill’s ex-girlfriend made to police reveals they had little to go on heading into the scene.

“He’s carrying a backpack?” the dispatcher asked. “Yes, ma’am.” The caller said. “Is he known to carry weapons?” the dispatcher asked. “I don’t know,” the caller said.

Calls from witnesses right after the shooting graphically detail how scenes can be misinterpreted.

“He pointed it at the police officer and started to fire,” a caller said.

But even so, lawyers for Sherrill’s family say there wasn’t enough reason for officers to justify reaction in the moment they fired at him more than twenty times.

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