The The final moments of a Utah man caught on police body camera have been released, depicting the suspect’s fatal reach for a firearm before he was shot by Roy City police officers.
38-year-old convicted felon Nicolas Sanchez was fatally shot on February 21 after refusing to comply with and showing hostile intent to officers at a gas station, who responded to a call regarding his suspicious activity.
“The officers were called to the store on a suspicious activity, which the clerk thought might result in a burglary,” said Roy City Police attorney Heather White, who is tasked with releasing the footage. “The car was on outside when they arrived.”
Sanchez became argumentative and hostile with the officers, refusing to talk to them and eventually brandishing a firearm immediately before they tried to subdue him.
One officer opened fire, leading his partner to believe Sanchez had fired the first shot. During the struggle, the second officer shot Sanchez with his own -illegally possessed- firearm.
“The first officer who was wrestling heard the shots and was able to get the gun, that is when he began firing- fearing that Sanchez had another gun and had shot,” White said. “We believe that the officers acted appropriately. They did what they were trained and expected to do.”
According to Fox13, it is up to the Weber County District Attorney to make a final determination on whether or not the shoot was justified.
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