A San Antonio Police Department officer has been fired after shooting a 17-year-old boy while eating in a McDonald’s parking lot Sunday, the department said.
The unnamed officer, described by the department as a probationary officer with seven months of experience, was fired for violating the department’s “policies, training and procedures,” police said.
SAPD said in a video statement that the officer was handling an unrelated disturbance call at McDonald’s Sunday night when he saw a car he believed had eluded police and called for backup the previous day.
Before backup officers arrived, body camera video released by police shows the officer walking up to the driver’s side of the car, opening the door and ordering the driver out. The teenager, who was eating in the driver’s seat, put the car in reverse and started backing up.
The police officer then opened fire Five times in the car, according to the video. As the driver pulled the vehicle forward, body camera video showed the officer firing five more shots as the car sped away.
SAPD said the teenager was found a block away suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. A passenger in the car was not injured, police said.
The teenager remained hospitalized as of Wednesday, police said, and was charged with evading arrest in a vehicle and assaulting an officer, claiming the teenager hit the car door when he backed out.
Brian Powers, the teenager’s defense attorney, told CNN that the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that prosecutors would not move forward with charges against his client. A spokeswoman for the DA’s office referred CNN to the county’s online court records system, which indicated both charges were dismissed and the case closed.
“We ask for prayers [the teen] And his family,” Powers said, adding that his client remains hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.
SAPD Said It will investigate the incident and forward its findings to the Bexar County district attorney, who said in a statement that his office’s civil rights division will review police shootings and crimes against teenagers.