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San Antonio officer fired after shooting teen sitting in McDonald’s parking lot eating hamburger

A San Antonio police officer still on probation has been fired after shooting and injuring a 17-year-old boy in the McDonald’s parking lot, the department said Wednesday.

The teenager, Erik Cantu, is hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds. His condition was not known Friday morning.

The officer, identified as James Brennand, responded to the fast food restaurant on Blanco Road around 10.45pm on Sunday for an unrelated disturbance call, police say.

“While the officer was trying to gather information from witnesses, he noticed a vehicle that had eluded him the previous day as the officer attempted to pull over because the registered license plate did not match the actual vehicle. “said Capt. Alyssa Campos, the department’s training commander. , said in a video statement.

The car, driven by Cantu, was not the subject of the disturbance call to McDonald’s, according to Campos.

The officer, believing the car was stolen, called “for cover” but approached the vehicle before other officers arrived, she said. Campos said the officer “suddenly” opened the driver’s door and ordered Cantu out.

Police body camera footage released by the department shows Cantu sitting in the driver’s seat eating a McDonald’s burger. A 17-year-old girl is sitting in the passenger seat.

“Get out of the car,” the officer tells Cantu, as seen in the video.

Cantu put the car in reverse with the driver’s door still open and backed up, Campos said, adding that the officer was struck by the open door.

“The officer then backed up and opened fire on the vehicle as the driver drove away from him,” she said.

Several gunshots can be heard in the video as the brown car backs up and the driver’s door closes. More shots are fired as the car flees the parking lot, video shows.

Cantu and his passenger were found about a block away. The passenger was not injured.

Police charged Cantu with escaping custody with a vehicle and assaulting a peace officer. It is unclear if he has obtained a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. Police did not say whether the car was actually stolen.

Brennand had been on the force for seven months and was still on probation, a common practice for San Antonio officers who graduated from the police academy less than a year ago.

“The former officer’s actions are indefensible and inconsistent with our training, tactics and procedures,” Chief William McManus said. “As such, I have fired him. I will withhold any further comments as this incident is still under investigation.”

All police shootings are sent to the district attorney’s office for review. Brennand has not been charged with a crime.

Danny Diaz, president of the San Antonio Police Officers Association, said he would refrain from commenting until an investigation is complete.

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