Ex-Texas cop charged with shooting teen eating hamburger

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former San Antonio police officer was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated assault by a peace officer in last week’s shooting of a teenager who ate a hamburger in his car in the parking lot of a McDonald’s.

James Brennand, 25, has been charged in the Oct. 2 shooting of 17-year-old Erik Cantu, according to a police statement.

Cantu’s family said in a statement Tuesday that “there is no improvement in his condition. He is still unconscious and on life support. The last two days have been difficult, and we expect more difficulties, but we remain hopeful.

Their lawyer, Brian Powers, said it was “an incredibly difficult time for them”.

A rookie officer, Brennand reported that the vehicle Cantu was sitting in had slipped away from him the previous night during an attempt to stop traffic. Brennand said he suspected the vehicle was stolen.

In body camera footage released by police, Brennand opens the car door and tells Cantu to get out. The car backs up, door open and the officer fires several times into the vehicle. He continues to fire as the car drives away.

Investigators quickly determined that the use of lethal force was unnecessary, Brennand was promptly fired, and the charges against Cantu of aggravated assault and evading arrest were dropped.

During an appearance on CNN on Tuesday morning, Police Chief William McManus said he expected Brennand to be charged with aggravated assault in the shooting and murder in Cantu’s death.

McManus said Brennand’s body camera video of the Oct. 2 shooting was “horrible.”

“There is no doubt in the minds of anyone watching this video that the shooting is not warranted,” McManus said.

Police officials and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately return the Associated Press messages. Brennand does not have a published phone number and could not be reached for comment.

Cantu’s medical condition, as recounted in his family’s statement, contrasts sharply with that provided by officers following the shooting that Cantu was hospitalized in stable condition.

“We’d like to correct any misrepresentations that Erik is in ‘stable condition’ or that he’ll be ‘well’. This is not true. Every breath is a struggle for Erik. We ask everyone to continue to pray for our son,” according to the family statement.


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