Thursday, January 30, 2014

CBS5 Video Shows Suspect Had Hands Raised When He Was Shot


Eloy Police say that the fatal shooting on January 14 after a 45 minute car chase  was justified.

Manuel Orosco Longoria was alleged to have stolen a car in Casa Grande. He was shot by a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy after the chase ended in Eloy. Witnesses told police that Longoria said he had a weapon and wouldn’t be taken alive, but no weapon was found.

Sheriff’s officials say Longoria refused to obey verbal commands and reached into his car just before the deputy fired. Last week Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu  said this appeared to be a case of suicide by cop.

However, a cell phone video shown on KPHO CBS5 in Phoenix shows that one deputy fired the fatal shots after Longoria raised his hands over his head, appearing to surrender. The video also shows that another deputy lowered his weapon after Longoria raised his hands.

It turns out that the stolen car actually belonged to Longoria’s sister, who reported it stolen when he didn’t return it on time.

CBS5 says the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting even though it occurred within the jurisdiction of the Eloy Police Department. The deputy that opened fire has already been cleared to return to duty.

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