The Phoenix Police Department released bodycam footage on July 6 showing the aftermath of the officer-involved death of James Garcia on July 4.
Bodycam showing the moment of the shooting has yet to be released. “Releasing body-worn camera (BWC) footage from the officers directly involved before all witness and officer interviews are completed could compromise the investigation,” police said.
Officers responded to a 911 call from a man who claimed he had been stabbed in June and the person responsible was back in the area threatening him, a police statement read.
Once officers arrived on the scene and made contact with the 911 caller, he told them the man who allegedly stabbed him months ago had a knife and another person had a gun.
He directed officers to a house on Glenrosa Avenue where they made contact with several people including a man inside a vehicle in a driveway.
Officers talked to the man for approximately 10 minutes, asking him to leave his car so they could secure the scene. He refused and eventually rolled up the windows and pulled out a gun.
Officers ordered the man to drop the gun but he refused. The man repeatedly told officers to shoot him and lifted the gun toward officers. That’s when two officers fired their weapons, the statement read.
The shooting sparked protests under the banner #JusticeForJames on Saturday, with the victim named by Councilman Carlos Garcia as James Garcia.
An investigation is ongoing, police said. Credit: Phoenix Police Department via Storyful