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The man shot and killed by police over the weekend was armed with a pellet gun, and family members said officers fired more than 80 shots.
Laredo Police Chief Ray Garner said six police officers, those who opened fire on 30-year-old Jose Walter Garza, were placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the homicide investigation and a parallel investigation spearheaded by internal affairs.
Investigator Joe E. Baeza, police spokesman, said the officers negotiated with Garza to drop his weapon for about five minutes before firing the first shot. Garza then made an “offensive gesture,” according to Garner.
Family members told the New York Daily News that Garza was prescribed medication for schizophrenia and could be disruptive when not taking his medication.
Martinez told the Daily News that police shot at Garza at least 80 times and he was hit so many times that he "had no face."
“These officers, although justified, are going to have to carry that around with them for the rest of their lives,” Laredo Police Chief Ray Garner told the Houston Chronicle. "I've been in contact with all six of the officers from that evening through today. They seem to be holding up. No officer goes to work thinking they're going to kill somebody.”
originally posted by: Punisher75
Interesting how it takes 6 cops 80 rounds to subdue/kill one guy and yet the American citizen is told that no one needs a firearm that can hold more than 6 rounds to protect themselves.
originally posted by: boymonkey74
80 divided by 6 is 13.33 so did they stop and reload? and keep on firing? I dunno much about guns but do they hold that many?.
Disgusting isn't it? we have mentally ill folk here in the UK and I don't think we shoot em for carrying a pellet gun.
Do they even have tasers? I mean our lot took down a machete wielding killer with tasers today.
I worry for you all in the USA...get mentally unwell and you get shot.