APD releases 45 seconds of video showing deadly shooting aftermath

Updated: 05/06/2014 10:11 PM | Created: 05/06/2014 12:34 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

APD on Tuesday said SWAT officer Daniel Hughes shot and killed 50-year-old retired Air Force colonel Armand Martin at the end of a five-hour standoff Saturday.

But the helmet cam video APD released only shows the moments after the fatal shot was fired.

What APD chose to release Tuesday has been limited to less than 45 seconds of video taken after Martin was shot by police, but not what led up to it.

"Our goal was to get whatever we could as soon as we could," APD Deputy Chief Eric Garcia said during a news briefing.

Garcia said detectives are still reviewing hours of helmet-cam video from Saturday's shooting.

"Mr. Martin exited his home with a handgun in each hand, and fired shots," Garcia said.

APD isn't releasing that video yet.

The first clip released Tuesday is about 15 seconds long, and shows officers approaching Martin's motionless body before the video fades to black.

In the second clip released by APD--about 30 seconds long--Martin is handcuffed per department policy, even though he was already dead.

Then, SWAT officers lift Martin's body to reveal two hand-guns--one silver, one black-- and a phone near his body.

There's also an ammunition clip at Martin's feet.

There's not a lot of context in the helmet video--no insight into what happened just before.

But another video released by APD Tuesday provides a different perspective.

Cell phone video taken by one of Martin's children in the moments just before his wife dialed 911 Saturday shows what Martin's family saw before his standoff with police began: A husband and father armed with a handgun and making a clear demand.

"Get out," Martin is heard saying on the video, after clicking a round into a handgun chamber. "Get the (expletive) out now."

Garcia said over the course of the five-hour standoff, officers were turning their helmet and lapel cams on and off to conserve battery.

He says there are hours upon hours of footage to go through--some that hasn't yet been seen.

There is no word about when APD will release video of the crucial moments police say Martin shot at police before he was killed. 

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