The body cam video shows a police officer fatally shooting an unarmed man while checking his mental health


Officer Reynaldo Contreras arrived at Patrick Warren’s home on Jan. 10 after Warren’s family asked for psychiatric help.

The police headquarters said Warren was “emotionally anxious” when the officer arrived, and footage from the newly released body cameras shows the tense moment that led Contreras to fire Warren three times.

In the video, Contreras is seen as he lets himself into the home after someone inside tells him to “come in.” Contreras quickly exits after Warren starts shouting and moves toward him.

Warren is seen outside a residence as he walks toward the officer in the front yard, ignoring verbal orders to lie down. Once the officer has stepped back and continues to issue warnings, such as “Get a Task,” use his taser.

Warren falls at first, but then stands up and pushes on toward the officer. Contreras uses the taser again, but Warren moves on and Contreras uses his firearm.

Warrent, 52, was taken to hospital and allowed for his injuries.

Family lawyer calls “shooting by one of the most serious officers”

The family’s lawyer, Lee Merritt, called for the officer to be fired. “This is one of the worst shootings officers have ever seen,” Merritt told reporters earlier this week after the body camera footage was published, KWTX writes.

Merritt did not respond on Thursday and Friday after the recordings were released.

Contreras, a five-year veteran of the department, is on administrative leave, the Killeen Police Department says. The Texas Rangers is conducting an investigation, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Henry Garza, a Bell County District attorney, directed all investigations to the Texas Rangers.

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

“I don’t see where he could have done anything else. I saw an officer try to handle the call but escalate the call,” Kimble told reporters on Tuesday.

“Under the same circumstances, I just don’t know what else we could do,” he added.

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Kimble said Contreras had exceeded the minimum allowable training, but he said police were looking for ways to handle psychiatric calls more effectively.

On Saturday, Jan. 9, the day before the shooting, the county sent a mental health deputy to Warren’s house. Merritt had previously told CNN that the meeting with the county deputy went well. Warren volunteered to go to the hospital that evening with his deputy, but refused to stay in the hospital for further treatment.

When the family asked for another mental health check the next day, a police officer was sent out. Merritt said the family wanted a mental health deputy again, not a police officer.

Asked why a police officer was issued on Sunday, Kimble said the caller expressed concern about what they heard on the family call.

“It was a call from a psychiatric person,” Kimble said. “But since the caller listened to the caller, if they say certain things or hear certain things, it asks for a different answer … It made the police response, the firefighters and the doctors respond.

CNN contacted the Killeen Police Workers Association for comments, but has not yet heard of feedback.