A former San Antonio officer who shot and killed a teenager in a McDonald’s parking lot has been arrested

James Brenand – Former San Antonio Police Department Officer A teenager was shot and seriously injured A man who was eating in his car in a McDonald’s parking lot – has been arrested and charged with assault. Brennan was fired From the force on October 4, two days after the firing.

Brennan turned himself in Tuesday night, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said during a news conference. He now faces two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant.

McManus said the two men who were in the car at the time of the shooting face two charges each.

Brendan shot and killed 17-year-old Eric Cantu on October 2. Body camera video showed Brennan walking toward a parked car in the McDonald’s parking lot. The driver then opened the side door and asked Cantu to get out of the car. Cantu, clutching the hamburger, is shocked and reverses the car.

As the car backed up, the open door hit Brendan. Five seconds after he opened the door, Brennan fired five rounds into the car. As the car drove away, he fired an additional five times.

Brennand, who has been on the force for less than a year, violated his training and police procedures after approaching the car, Police Training Commander Alyssa Campos said in a statement announcing his termination.

“The officer suddenly opened the driver’s door and ordered the driver out of the car” before the backup officers requested by Brenand arrived, Campos said.

“Nothing that officer did that night was consistent with our training or our policies,” McManus said Monday.

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McManus said Tuesday that Brenand is certified to patrol alone, but that the firing was “administratively and criminally unjustified.”

He said the department and training academy staff “our policies and our training, when it comes to incidents like this, are solid.”

“This is a failure for an individual police officer,” McManus said. “It has nothing to do with our policies. The policies don’t allow it. Our training doesn’t teach it.”

Cantu’s family said Tuesday that the teenager is on life support.

“The past two days have been difficult and we expect more difficulty, but we remain hopeful,” the family said in a statement. “We want to correct the misconceptions that Eric is in ‘stable condition’ or that he is ‘doing well’. That is not true. Every breath is a struggle for Eric. We ask for everyone’s prayers for our son.”

McManus noted in his Tuesday press conference that if Cantu “doesn’t do it, the tariffs will change.”

Brennan was called to McDonald’s for an unrelated disturbance. He told investigators that the car appeared to have run over him the day before.

Texas prosecutors said in a statement Friday that there was insufficient evidence to file charges against the teenager.

“The shooting of an unarmed teenager by a San Antonio police officer on Sunday remains under investigation, and the facts and evidence available to us so far have led us to dismiss the charges against Eric Cantu pending further investigation,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzalez. .

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