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Report: Texas Deputies Shot, Killed Man With His Hands Up (Video)

Bexar County Sheriff deputies fatally shot a shirtless man who had his hands up, according to a report (video below). The incident happened  on Aug. 28 in San Antonio, Texas

KSAT12 aired a cellphone video, filmed by witness Michael Thomas, which shows the man with his hands in the air, appearing to surrender.

KSAT12 chose not to air the actual moment of the shooting.

The sheriff's office says the deputies were answering a call about a domestic disturbance when they found an unidentified woman with a head injury who was holding a baby who might have also been injured.

Thomas told KSAT12 he watched the deputies chase after the shirtless man:

"I was watching and I was kinda wondering what was going on, but I couldn't figure it out. I was like, with the things going on in the world, like different type of shootings with cops and different things like that, so I was like, 'Well, maybe I can catch someone on my camera.'

"He put his hands in the air, after he put his hands in the air, they just shot him twice."

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said during a press conference on Aug. 28:

"Certainly what's in the video is a cause for concern, but it's important to let the investigation go through its course so that we can assure a thorough and complete review of all that occurred.

"Two deputies attempted to arrest the individual and he resisted. They also used, tried to use non-lethal weapons to try and detain him and after a lengthy confrontation both deputies fired shots."

Pamerleau didn't say if the man was armed or posed any threat to the deputies, who have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

According to a report by KENS 5 in 2014, Bexar County had 11 fatal police shootings between 2003 and 2013.

Former Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Lamont Thomas was indicted for murder in February 2014 in the shooting death of Mathew Jackson on Aug. 31, 2013, noted San Antonio Current.

Sources: KSAT12 News, KENS 5San Antonio Current

Photo credit: KSAT12 News Screenshot


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