An unedited video has surfaced online showing the moment a Texas man was fatally shot by deputies despite having his hands up.
Bexar County Sheriffâ€™s Office deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez responded to a call about a domestic disturbance on Friday. When they arrived at the scene, they found a woman with a cut on her head and an injured baby, the Daily Mail reported.
The deputies encountered 41-year-old Gilbert Flores. They said he resisted arrestÂ and that they shot him after failing to detain him with the use of nonlethal weapons, according to a statement. Flores died shortly after.
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The sheriffâ€™s office said Flores was armed, but would not specify what type of weapon he had.
However, a video captured by a bystanderâ€™s cellphone camera tells a different story. The footage was obtained by KSAT-TV, and it shows that Flores appeared to have his hands up just before being shot.
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The Bexar County Sheriffâ€™s Office took to Facebook to slam the news station for posting the video.
â€śToday, members of our local media chose to broadcast online unedited video of a man's death. KSAT 12 paid a neighbor who filmed the tragedy $100 for the exclusive rights to the video. As a result, people from outside our community have bombarded us with inappropriate comments, and today, physical threats toward our deputies. These deputies have not been charged with a crime and a family lost their loved one. This is unethical and sad. Call KSAT and let them know what you think - (210) 351-1277. If you agree, let the local media know this sort of sensational behavior doesn't fly in Bexar County.â€ť
A few hours later, theyÂ asked for calm and patience as they continue their investigation.
â€śWe want to get this right for the Flores family, our deputies and their families, and our community,â€ť they wrote. â€śPlease be patient.â€ť
District Attorney Nicholas LaHood told KSAT-TV that two video recordings existÂ of the deadly shooting and that he has reviewed them both.
â€śDefinitely, the video is troubling,â€ť LaHood said. â€śThere's actually another video with a better view that is very close.
â€śThis is a very unique situation where we actually have the shooting on video. That gives us a whole different perspective that we've never had before.â€ť
Vasquez and Sanchez, who the Sheriffâ€™s Office said were not wearing body cameras at the time of the incident, have been put on paid administrative leave during the investigation. Theyâ€™ve both been with the sheriffâ€™s office for more than 10 years.
Flores was charged with criminal trespass in 1999 and aggravated robbery in 2003.
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