AUSTIN, Texas – Police in Austin, Texas, released video Monday of an officer fatally shooting an unarmed man in April as he drove away.
The video shows the killing of Mike Ramos, a Black and Hispanic man, on April 24 and recounts what police had previously described: After officers address him by name multiple times, Ramos follows orders given by police and gets out of the car with his hands and shirt raised. Ramos turns around once in a circle toward the open driver's side door, as if to show he had no gun in his waistband, and twice says, “Don't shoot.” While leaning against his open door, Ramos later tells police he does not have a gun.
After imploring him multiple times to step away from the vehicle, police shoot Ramos, 42, with a less lethal beanbag bullet, the video shows, before he gets back into his car. Officers immediately tell him to turn off the vehicle: “Turn off the car. Michael, don't do it.” Ramos then drives away and at least one officer fires multiple times, striking him fatally.
Officers Mitchell Pieper and Christopher Taylor were involved in the shooting, according to the video.
“Officer Pieper fired one less-lethal round at Mr. Ramos, striking him in the upper thigh, hip area," Austin police said in the video. "Officer Taylor fired three rounds from his rifle as Mar. Ramos drove forward."
A 911 caller had told police people were in a car doing drugs, and that there was a man in the car who was armed, according to a dispatcher transcript included at the beginning of the video.
Ramos was later found to be unarmed.