SAN ANTONIO — The unreleased video that police say shows deputies fatally shooting Gilbert Flores in San Antonio last week appears to show “that he has something in his hand,” Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau told reporters Wednesday.
Authorities say they think Flores had a knife in his hand when he was shot, and they are asking the Texas Department of Public Safety’s crime lab to “enlarge and to slow down the sequence” so investigators can get “a better idea of exactly what he had in his hand,” she said.
She said the video covers a longer period of time and is recorded from a different angle than a cell phone video that has been shown by the news media.
Asked whether the second video showed Flores with both hands up when he was shot, Pamerleau told reporters that she’d reiterate what she said last week: That “the video causes us concern.”
Both deputies fired their weapons in the incident, the sheriff said.
A Taser was earlier used on the suspect, “but the probes did not connect” and failed to subdue him, she added.
Michael Thomas shot the second video. He thought, “There’s a lot of things going on in the world,” he told CNN on Wednesday, and he decided he’d do what he had seen so many other people in the news doing lately. He pulled out his cell phone, ready to record if needed.
“It happened so fast,” Thomas said.
Standing across the street, Thomas saw — and recorded — two Bexar County sheriff’s deputies and a shirtless man. The man, Gilbert Flores, raises at least one hand in the air and is then shot and falls on his back. He died.
“Why did they shoot him?” Thomas said on CNN’s “New Day.”
The man, from what Thomas could see, “wasn’t attacking” the officers. “At the time he was shot, it didn’t look like he was posing a threat at all.”
“As the guy and police were going back and forth, the man acted like he was going to run back inside his house, and then ran around the cars by the cop car, and the cops started pursuing closer to him,” Thomas said.
Because Thomas’ video is shot from a distance across a street, it’s impossible to hear what the officers or Flores might have said.
After the first amateur video was released, the FBI opened a federal civil rights investigation into the incident “to determine whether a civil rights violation took place as a result of a deputy willfully engaging in the use of excessive or unjustified force.”
One four-minute video has been made public by a San Antonio television station that acquired it from the man who recorded it Friday. It is shot from a distance and it appears Gilbert Flores has at least one hand in the air (the other cannot be seen) when he is shot.