A dash cam video captures the moment a Montana police officer breaks down in tears, after he shot and killed an unarmed suspect at a traffic stop.
Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison fatally shot 38-year-old Richard Ramirez, who was high on methamphetamine, after failing to comply with orders to keep his hands up and reaching for his waistband, the Independent Journal Review reports.
The video below shows Morrison start to break down into sobs at the 4-minute mark, and he can be heard saying, “I thought he was gonna pull a gun on me.”
“Maybe he was, maybe he was,” Officer Brad Ross, whose dash cam captured the whole thing, says and tries to calm his fellow officer down, according to The Daily Dot. “Jesus, Grant. You survived.”
This week, a seven-person jury ruled the shooting of Ramirez by Morrison during the traffic stop was a noncriminal, justifiable homicide, according to the Billings Gazette.
“I knew in that moment, which later was determined to be untrue, but I knew in that moment that he was reaching for a gun,” Morrison told a jury. “I couldn't take that risk. ... I wanted to see my son grow up.”
Morrison testified that he was afraid for his life when he shot Ramirez, who had been named as the suspect in a robbery and shooting the night before he was killed.
Dash cam video played for the jury shows Morrison repeatedly telling people in the car to keep their hands up before he fires his gun, hitting Ramirez.
Watch video of the incident below, but WARNING: GRAPHIC AND STRONG LANGUAGE.
"I was getting very scared," Morrison told the jury. "He pulled away from me, and he again did the exact same thing. He shoved his hand down to his side and started jiggling it up and down. I told him I was going to shoot him if he didn't listen to me and put his hands up."
A toxicology test revealed that Ramirez had a high dose of meth in his system at the time of the shooting.
"That ain't right, the way he died," Ramirez’s mother, Betty, told the Billings Gazette. "I'm going to fight it, I'm going to take it as far as I can get it. I'm not going to give up."