Drone footage captured the second a California man was fatally shot by police after pointing a gun at an officer — a weapon that turned out to be a “real-looking” BB gun, authorities stated.
Gerardo Martinez, 19, was fatally shot by Salinas Police Officer Mario Reyes on Friday night time, in response to a press release from Monterey County District Lawyer Jeannine M. Pacioni.
A neighbor known as 911 and reported Martinez had aimed a handgun at him about 5 minutes earlier, officers stated.
“He pointed it at us and he’s actually drunk proper now,” the neighbor stated, in response to the assertion launched Monday. “I would like an officer over right here A-S-A-P.”
The neighbor defined the handgun may be a BB gun, “however who is aware of,” officers stated. The 911 caller additionally remarked the weapon could possibly be a small-caliber pistol, in response to the assertion.
The neighbor stated he believed Martinez was additionally “beneath the affect of methamphetamine” and instructed 911 that Martinez had attacked and vandalized his property earlier than, Pacioni’s assertion stated.
The primary officer arrived on scene at 8:07 p.m., six minutes after the neighbor known as 911, officers stated. Extra officers arrived shortly after.
All officers wore clearly marked uniforms, Pacioni’s assertion stated, and by 8:35 p.m., officers positioned two totally marked patrol autos about 50 toes from Martinez’s residence. Reyes had positioned himself with a patrol rifle about 50 toes from Martinez’s residence.
Martinez partially exited a facet door about 8:36 p.m., the assertion stated. Officers commanded him in Spanish to come back out together with his arms up. Martinez exited the facet door a number of extra instances whereas officers issued instructions, officers stated.
At 8:37 p.m., Martinez exited the door and pointed a weapon at Reyes.
“In response, Officer Reyes fired three rounds from his patrol rifle. No less than one spherical struck Mr. Martinez within the torso,” officers stated.
Officers recovered on scene what they described as a “real-looking, black BB gun subsequent to Martinez.”
Martinez’s household couldn’t be reached Tuesday for remark.
Salinas police referred all questions from NBC Information to Pacioni’s workplace, which didn’t return a number of requests for remark.
Previous to the taking pictures, authorities used a drone as overhead surveillance.
A less-than-2-minute drone video supplied by Pacioni’s workplace exhibits Martinez open and exit the house’s facet door 4 instances. There is no such thing as a audio on the video.
By the third time Martinez opened the door, per the video, he left the door open, briefly stepped contained in the doorway, and grabbed the BB gun in his proper hand and pointed it out the door body earlier than stepping inside once more.
He opened the door a fourth and remaining time, the video exhibits, with the gun in his proper hand in a pointed place. That’s when he’s shot. The video exhibits Martinez clutch his abdomen whereas falling onto his again into the entryway.
Pacioni’s assertion stated that in September 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a invoice requiring California’s Division of Justice to analyze deadly police shootings of unarmed civilians. Nonetheless, California’s DOJ “declined to analyze this taking pictures as a result of Mr. Martinez was armed in response to DOJ’s interpretation of the statute.”
Prosecutors stated the legislation defines a lethal weapon to incorporate, however just isn’t restricted to, any loaded weapon from which a shot may end up in demise or different bodily damage, officers stated.