KANSAS CITY, KS (NBC) - Kansas City police have released a dramatic dash cam video showing a deadly officer-involved shooting.
On September 6 veteran Kansas City police officers Galand McGinness and Eric Turner responded to reports of a car that had crashed into a tree. In the video, you can see Officer Turner arriving near the scene of the crash as 36-year-old Exae Chavez-Gutierrez walks away.
Once they had located the vehicle, neighbors told the officers that Chavez-Gutierrez had headed toward Iser Park. McGinness pulled into the park first. From his dash cam, you see Chavez-Gutierrez calmly walk toward the police cruiser, raise a handgun, and start shooting.
From Turner's dash cam, you see his partner fall backward to take cover behind his door, appearing to be hit by a bullet, but emerging unscathed. Both officers then return fire, screaming at Chavez-Gutierrez to drop his gun. According to police, Chavez-Gutierrez fell to the ground with his finger still on the trigger and the gun pointed at police.
More than a minute after the first shots, the officers can still be heard shouting, "Drop the gun!"
"It's a dramatic piece of video and just illustrates how dangerous the jobs is and you never know what you're going to see when you show up for work," said police spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart.
The officers were on paid administrative leave immediately following the incident. A Jackson County grand jury recently cleared both officers, ruling it was a justified shooting. Lockhart said the toxicology report showed Chavez-Gutierrez had alcohol and marijuana in his system.
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