A police officer, who has since been fired, is facing criminal charges after shooting a teenager who was eating a burger in his car, according to WOAI-TV.
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The San Antonio, Texas Police Department released body camera footage of the incident on October 2.
Around 10:45 p.m. that day, a police officer, James Brenand, was called to a McDonald’s due to a “turmoil.”
While talking to witnesses about this “upheaval,” he would have noticed a car that had evaded him the day before during a roadside search. Mr. Brenand believes the car has been stolen.
Four other policemen arrived as reinforcements. The policeman allegedly opened one of the car doors and ordered the driver to get off. That person happens to be 17-year-old Eric Canto, who was eating a burger, according to body cam photography.
The teenager then set the car in reverse with the driver’s side door open, injuring James Brenand in the process.
At the time, Mr. Brenand allegedly shot Eric Canto’s car.
Officers reportedly found Canto’s car a block away, but neither he nor the 17-year-old passenger were inside.
The teenager was initially charged with escaping by car and violent assault. However, Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzalez announced that he would drop the charges against Kanto.
According to WOAI-TV, Brennand was arrested on Tuesday, October 11th. He was charged with aggravated assault and released on bail on 12 October.