No Charges For Officer Involved Fatal Shooting of Burglary Suspect

Brownsville, TX - A grand jury has cleared Brownsville Police Officers involved in a fatal shooting of a wanted burglary suspect. At around 10:40a.m. on October 05, 2017, burglary detectives were attempting to serve a felony warrant at 55 West St. Charles St. on German Ornelas, according to Brownsville Police. The body camera video was presented to a grand jury Wednesday, December 6th. The 1 minute and  44 second video shows officers waiting in a stairway, upon entry "Ornelas was located in a back room and brandished a knife after Officers entered the apartment and confronted Ornelas."

Chief Orlando Rodriguez explains the shooting's justification, "In this case you're talking about a proximity which we call a 'Killzone.' Ornelas was told repeatedly to drop the knife and he disobeyed that command and he took it to the level of aggravated assault on a peace officer when he actually attempted to... he actually came at the officers with a knife and the officers at that point [officers] had no choice but to protect themselves for fear of their own lives and their safety."

Officers fired six shots with two striking Ornelas, the first shot went through the right side of his chest. When Ornelas  "the second shot enters on his back about here [gesturing to his upper shoulder area] and takes a downward angle [gesturing an exit would near the pelvis] according to the autopsy that is the fatal shot."

The audio in the video has shouting from officers and Ornelas with expletives in Spanish and difficult to determine who is saying what. However, District Attorney Luis Saenz explains Ornleas mental state, "you'll hear him on the video and excuse my French but he says oh [expletive] I'm not going back [to jail] so that tells you the mentality of the individual."

Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers served as the lead investigative agency. 
 

BODY CAMERA VIDEO - https://www.facebook.com/kveotv/videos/10155979696179494/

 


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