Le Marque, TX – The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office released bodycam video of the officer-involved shooting of Joshua Feast on Monday (video below).
The incident occurred on the evening of Dec. 9 when Le Marque Police Officer Jose Santos spotted 22-year-old Joshua Feast with a gun, NBC News reported.
Police were looking at Feast as a possible suspect in two recent drive-by shootings and he also had an outstanding felony warrant.
The police report said that Feast was sitting in his car, but that he got out and fled on foot when he saw the officer, KHOU reported.
Police said that Feast pointed a gun at Le Marque Police Officer Jose Santos and the officer shot him, KHOU reported.
Neighbors claimed Feast was running away from the officer when he was shot.
Bodycam video showed Feast jumped out of his car and ran when Officer Santos stopped his police vehicle next to the suspect’s car.
The video showed Feast ran in the direction of a nearby house.
The officer got out of his police vehicle to follow the suspect, the video showed.
Police said Feast pointed a gun at Officer Santos a split second later and the officer opened fire on him.
Feast appeared to stumble in the video and dropped an object to the ground.
Police said on Monday that officers recovered the handgun that Feast had dropped, NBC News reported.
The video showed Officer Santos chased Feast up a driveway where the wounded suspect collapsed.
“Show me your hands,” the officer said.
“Help me, help me, help me,” Feast called in the video.
The officer called for an ambulance and then struggled to keep hysterical onlookers back from the scene as he waited for back up to arrive.
The video showed he repeatedly told the dispatcher to speed up the responding officers as the encroaching crowd became more threatening to the scene.
Officer Santos asked the dispatcher more than once to have officers recover the gun Feast had dropped first when they arrived.
Feast was ultimately transported to the hospital via ambulance, NBC News reported.
He later died.
Police said a second handgun was recovered from Feast’s clothing while he was being treated by medics in the ambulance, NBC News reported.
On Dec. 16, lawyers for Feast’s family released the report from an independent autopsy that was commissioned by the family of the dead man, KTRK reported.
The report showed the 22 year old died from a single gunshot wound to the back.
Officer Santos has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office investigates the Feast case, as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.
The officer’s attorney, Greg Cagle, maintained that Officer Santos called out to Feast by name and told him to drop his weapon before he fired at him, NBC News reported.
“When you look at the video, frame by frame, that’s not how the real world works,” Cagle said. “When Officer Santos sees Mr. Feast go for the firearm in his waistband, that’s when he has to make a firing decision.”
Protests erupted in Le Marque shortly after the shooting.
Activists have called for Officer Santos to be fired, NBC News reported.
Feast’s family hired notorious anti-police attorney Benjamin Crump to represent them and he quickly released details of a 2013 lawsuit in which Officer Santos was accused of excessive force while he was working for the Galveston Police Department.
Officer Santos resigned from the Galveston police force later that year and the lawsuit was dismissed in 2014, but it’s not known if the two are related in any way, NBC News reported.
No information has been released about why the officer left Galveston and joined the Le Marque Police Department.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: