Video released by police showed a Texas man pointing his gun at a Pasadena police officer before being shot to death on Thursday.
The man, Marco Antonio Saavedra, 44, was pulled over in Pasadena, Texas, after running a stop sign Thursday when he ignored officer request to stay in his vehicle. The video showed Saavedra getting out of his white Nissan Altima. FOX News reported.
Saavedra can be heard saying, “What did I do” as he stepped out of his car and stood up.
The Pasadena police officer told Saavedra few times to “stay in the vehicle” and then told him three times to “show me your hands.” Saavedra had his right hand behind his back as he stood next to his vehicle.
Saavedra then leaned back into his vehicle before drawing a handgun and pointing it at the police officer. The officer fired several times, hitting Saavedra on the left side of his body.
The driver is seen stumbling around the street before raising his handgun a second time. The police officer fired several more times, hitting Saavedra, who then fell onto the pavement. The officer also hit the passenger window of his police cruiser with a bullet.
It was not immediately clear if Saavedra fired any shots.
The Pasadena Police Department identified the officer involved in the shooting as Marc Adams, 40, a 13-year veteran of the force. He has been placed on administrative leave for several days, according to Click 2 Houston.
Pasadena Police Department Asst. Chief Josh Bruegger said Adams was “obviously shaken up.”
“Anytime a police officer is placed in a position where he has to take somebody’s life it’s a stressful situation,” Bruegger said. “It’s unfortunate the officer was placed in the position but, when the suspect points a gun directly at the police officer the officer has no choice but to defend himself.”
Bruegger told reporters Thursday the shooting appeared justified, but the case would be presented to a grand jury.
Pasadena Police spokesman Vance Mitchell said Saavedra had arrest warrants on aggravated assault charges and for violating his bond. Court records show Saavedra, from Houston, had been accused of assaulting his wife on at least two occasions. Police said the gun Saavedra had was reported stolen.