Friday, October 6, 2017

CMPD Releases Footage of Officers Fatally Shooting Ruben Galindo

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:40 PM

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released footage this afternoon of the fatal shooting of Ruben Galindo by police officers on September 6.

CMPD released footage from five body cameras worn by officers on the scene, but only one shows the fatal shooting clearly (graphic video below). It appears from the footage that Galindo was holding a gun and had both hands in the air when the shots were fired.

CMPD officers Courtney Suggs and David Guerra both fired their weapon, although it appears from the videos that Guerra fired the fatal shot.

According to CMPD's version of events, Galindo called police just after 9 p.m. on September 6 and stated that he had a gun, although he gave only vague answers when asked why he had it and why he wanted police to respond.

Galindo spoke Spanish, and spoke with a Spanish-speaking interpreter over the phone. Officers have Galindo demands to show his hands in Spanish as officers approached, which he did.

CMPD stated that officers fired because they perceived "an imminent deadly threat."

[Correction: The original headline and content of this article spelled Galindo's first name as Rueben, as it's listed on official police reports. We have since confirmed with people working directly with the family that his name is spelled Ruben.]

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