Bodycam Captures Fatal Police Shootout in Pasadena, Texas

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Police have released dash and body cam video from a shooting, during which an officer fatally shot a suspect who witnesses say opened fire on him during a traffic stop off Southmore Ave. The Pasadena Police Department says the officer attempted to pull over the suspect Thursday afternoon after he ran a stop sign. The suspect did not immediately stop, driving six blocks before coming to a stop on Spooner at the 400 block of Southmore Avenue. On the video, the officer shouts, “stay in the vehicle” and “show me your hands.” The situation quickly escalated, according to Assistant Police Chief Josh Bruegger. “He gets out of the vehicle, turns partially so he’s facing back towards the officer. At one point his hand reaches down, his right hand behind his back, and then he produces a weapon, brings it up, both hands in a shooting stance parallel to the ground, pointing it at the officer,” Bruegger said. “The officer immediately starts firing, and strikes the suspect.”

Police said the officer fired at least six times, but they do not know if the suspect actually fired at the officer. A 63-year-old man who saw the shooting from his front yard. He says the suspect did shoot at the officer and the officer had to protect himself. “It’s unfortunate the officer is placed in the position but when a suspect points a weapon at the officer, the officer really has no choice but to defend himself,” said Bruegger. The officer, 40 years old and a 13-year veteran of Pasadena PD, was not hurt. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard after officer-involved shootings. A Harris County grand jury will determine whether he did anything criminal. The suspect has not been identified. Police said his gun was found next to his body at the scene.

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32 thoughts on “Bodycam Captures Fatal Police Shootout in Pasadena, Texas

  1. Everyone jokes about the SUV but you gotta give the driver points for situational awareness. The reaction time on the braking was practically instantaneous and the vehicle was put into reverse about as fast as expected when bullets are headed in your direction.

  2. "HOUSTON — Video released by authorities shows a suburban Houston police officer fatally shooting a driver during a traffic stop after the man ignored requests to stay in his vehicle and drew a handgun, which police said Friday had been reported stolen.

    The driver, identified as 44-year-old Marco Antonio Saavedra, had four warrants for his arrest, said Pasadena Police spokesman Vance Mitchell.

    After Thursday's shooting, Pasadena police released video from the officer's bodycam and from his vehicle's dashboard camera.

    In the video , the officer pulled over Saavedra's white car after the motorist ran a stop sign.

    As soon as Saavedra stopped his car, he opened his door and could be heard saying, "What did I do" as he stepped out of his vehicle and stood up.

    The officer told Saavedra three times to "stay in the vehicle" and then told him twice to "show me your hands." Saavedra had his right hand behind his back as he stood next to his car.

    Saavedra then leaned back into his car before drawing a handgun. The officer fired several times, hitting Saavedra on the left side of his body.

    The driver then stumbled around the street before raising his gun a second time. The officer fired several more times, hitting Saavedra, who then fell onto the pavement.

    Pasadena Assistant Police Chief Joshua Bruegger told reporters Thursday the shooting appeared justified but the case would be presented to a grand jury.

    Mitchell said Friday that Saavedra had arrest warrants on aggravated assault charges and for violating his bond. Court records show Saavedra, from Houston, had been accused of assaulting his wife on at least two occasions.

    The Pasadena police officer, whose name was not released, was put on administrative leave for several days. The officer has been with the police department for 13 years, Mitchell said."

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