The family of a Houston gospel singer killed in a police-involved shooting has requested that footage of the lethal encounter not be launched, police mentioned.
Houston Police Chief Artwork Acevedo mentioned Wednesday the request was made following a gathering a day earlier with kinfolk of Adrian Medearis, a 48-year-old choir director and gospel singer who was fatally shot throughout a scuffle with a cop who stopped him Friday for suspicion of drunk driving.
“On the finish of our assembly, the family requested [Houston police] to not launch the movies, & we’ll honor their request,” Acevedo tweeted Wednesday. “Our ideas are with everybody concerned.”
The chief beforehand mentioned he would share the footage with Medearis’ family to allow them to determine whether or not division officers ought to launch it. Medearis directed the gospel choir at Evangelist Temple Church of God In Christ, the Houston Chronicle reviews.
Police mentioned Medearis resisted arrest after being stopped on a service highway, setting off a battle between him and an officer whereas the gospel singer was being handcuffed. Medearis then grabbed the cop’s Taser throughout the confrontation, prompting the officer to shoot him when he pointed the weapon, the newspaper reviews.
The combat between Medearis and the officer lasted greater than two minutes, Acevedo mentioned, citing footage from the officer’s police cruiser and close by companies.
The officer, recognized solely as J. Ramos, was not damage throughout the confrontation, KPRC reviews.
Acevedo advised reporters Monday that solely Medearis’ family can be allowed to see the footage.
“Not everyone needs their liked one to be in our on-line world for the remainder of eternity and their final minute on Earth to be public,” the chief mentioned at a information convention.