Footage released by the authorities showed a Texas man pointing his gun at a police officer in Houston before being shot dead on Thursday.
The man, Marco Antonio Saavedra, 44, arrived in Pasadena, Texas after a stop sign on Thursday when he ignored the officers' request to stay in his vehicle. The video showed Saavedra stepping out of his white sedan.
Saavedra hears one say, "What have I done," as he got out of his vehicle and got up.
The officer told Saavedra three times to "stay" the vehicle "and then told him twice," show me your hands. "Saavedra had his right hand behind his back when he stood next to his car.
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Saavedra then leaned back in his car, pulled The officer fired several times and hit Saavedra on the left side of his body.
The driver was stumbled around the road before he raised his weapon a second time, the officer fired several times and hit Saavedra, who then fell on the sidewalk.The officer also hit the passenger window of his police cruiser with a bullet.
It was not immediately clear whether Saavedra had fired any shots.
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The Pasadena police identified the officer involved in the shooting as Marc Adams, 40, a 13-year veteran of the troupe, reported Click 2 Houston. He was put on administrative leave for a few days.
Pasadena Police Department Asst. Chief Josh Bruegger said that Adams was "obviously shaken."
"Whenever an officer is put in a position to kill someone, it's a stressful situation," Bruegger said. "It is unfortunate that the officer was brought into the position, but when the suspect directs a weapon directly at the officer, the officer really has no choice but to defend himself."
Bruegger told reporters on Thursday that the shootings were justified, but the case would be
Pasadena police spokesman Vance Mitchell said Saavedra had arrest warrants for serious assault and for breaching his attachment. Court records show that Saavedra from Houston has been accused of attacking his wife at least twice. The police said the Saavedra weapon had been stolen.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.