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Body cam video shows police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed man during a mental health check

January 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The chief of police in Killeen, Texas, is defending an officer who shot and killed a Black man during a mental health check earlier this month.

(CNN)The chief of police in Killeen, Texas, is defending an officer who shot and killed a Black man during a mental health check earlier this month.

Officer Reynaldo Contreras arrived at the home of Patrick Warren on January 10 after Warren's family called for psychiatric help.

The police department said in a statement that, upon the officer's arrival, Warren was "emotionally distressed," and newly released body camera footage shows the tense moments that led to Contreras firing his weapon at Warren three times.

Family lawyer calls it 'one of the worst officer-involved shootings that I've seen'

The family's lawyer, Lee Merritt, has called for the officer to be fired.

"This is one of the worst officer-involved shootings that I've seen," Merritt told reporters earlier this week after the body camera footage was released, according to KWTX.

Police Chief Charles Kimble said this week that Contreras did everything he could to use non-lethal force against Warren before he deployed his firearm.

Kimble said Contreras had more than the minimum amount of mandated training, but he said the police department was looking at ways to better address psychiatric calls.

When the family called for another mental health check the next day, a police officer was dispatched.

According to Merritt, the family wanted a mental health deputy again, rather than a police officer.

Asked why a police officer was deployed on Sunday, Kimble said the call taker raised concerns about what they heard on the call from the family.

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