An unedited video has surfaced online showing the moment a Texas man was fatally shot by deputies despite having his hands up.
Bexar County Sheriff’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 arrest and that they shot him after failing to detain him with the use of nonlethal weapons, according to a statement. Flores died shortly after.
The sheriff’s office said Flores was armed, but would not specify what type of weapon he had.
However, a video captured by a bystander’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.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to slam the news station for posting the video.
“Today, 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.”
A few hours later, they asked for calm and patience as they continue their investigation.
“We want to get this right for the Flores family, our deputies and their families, and our community,” they wrote. “Please be patient.”
District Attorney Nicholas LaHood told KSAT-TV that two video recordings exist of the deadly shooting and that he has reviewed them both.
“Definitely, the video is troubling,” LaHood said. “There's actually another video with a better view that is very close.
“This 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.”
Vasquez and Sanchez, who the Sheriff’s Office said were not wearing body cameras at the time of the incident, have been put on paid administrative leave during the investigation. They’ve both been with the sheriff’s office for more than 10 years.
Flores was charged with criminal trespass in 1999 and aggravated robbery in 2003.
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