HOUSTON – Four Houston police officers have been fired in connection with the fatal officer-involved shooting of Nicolas Chavez nearly four months ago.
Chavez was shot and killed April 21. Police said they believed the 27-year-old had a “pointed object” and charged at officers. A cellphone video recorded by a witness appeared to show Chavez on his knees when he was shot by officers.
Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said Thursday that an autopsy showed that Chavez suffered a total of 29 entry or exit wounds, which included wounds from bullet fragments. He said Chavez also had methamphetamine and ethanol in his system.
Protesters and some of Chavez’s family members have said he was suffering a mental health crisis when he was shot by the officers. For months, they have called on the Houston Police Department to release the body-worn camera video. Thursday, police released that video while announcing that firing of four officers involved in the shooting.
Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said officers encountered Chavez after several 911 calls about a man darting into traffic were received.
The video, which included different angles from officers who fired shots, showed officers confronting a clearly distraught Chavez. The officers spent several minutes trying to calm Chavez down and urged him to comply with their commands. Officers later use bean-bag rounds and a Taser to try to subdue Chavez, before fire shots at him. Chavez becomes covered in blood during the encounter and is shot three times by officers. He later grabs the wires of a deployed Taser and begins to pull it toward him before the fatal 21 shots were fired.
The video below has been edited by KPRC 2 to show those parts of the encounter. The video is paused when the fatal shots were fired, but the audio of the shots can be heard. KPRC 2 has opted not to show the unedited video made public by police because of its graphic nature.