The sheriff's office has responded, saying the release of the video is unethical
A video obtained by a Stan Antonio TV station seems to show Texas sheriff’s deputies shooting a man with his hands in the air. Authorities say that Gilbert Flores, 41, had resisted arrest and that efforts to subdue him with non-lethal weapons had failed.
The two Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a domestic disturbance on Friday night. According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s office, they found a woman bleeding from a cut on her head and an injured baby. When deputies attempted to arrest Flores, he resisted, and was shot.
But a video taken by a bystander and published online by KSAT on Monday appears to show Flores standing still with his hands up before the officers fire their weapons. Neither the deputies nor Flores can be heard in the video, and the view is partially blocked by a pole and moving traffic.
The deputies, identified as Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanche, have been placed on standard administrative leave while the department investigates the incident. Both have worked in the department for over 10 years.
“Certainly what’s in the video is a cause for concern, but it’s important to let the investigation go through its course so that we can assure a thorough and complete review of all that occurred,” Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said at a news conference Friday.
The Bear County Sheriff’s office lashed out at the television station, writing on Facebook that the release of the video had resulted in threats to the officers, who have not been charged with a crime. The office posted the local TV station KSAT’s phone number to Facebook, writing “let the local media know this sort of sensational behavior doesn’t fly in Bexar County.”
The Bear County Sherriff’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment.