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Video: DA Exonerates Calif. Cop In OIS

December 13, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Graphic Calif. Police Shooting

One day after prosecutors in the Central Valley cleared a police officer in the fatal shooting of a parolee, attorneys for the man's family released graphic camera footage showing the officer firing 11 bullets into the man, including several that hit him in the back as he rolled on the ground.

Police in Manteca (San Joaquin County) say the officer opened fire after seeing a knife in the man's hand as the suspect got out of a pickup truck, and that a knife was later found in the bed of the vehicle. The family's attorneys countered that the man had been unarmed and trying to surrender when he was shot.

The video was recorded by a camera in Manteca police Officer James Moody's patrol car June 8, 2011, as he ordered 34-year-old Ernesto Duenez Jr. from a pickup truck after it pulled up to the home of a friend.

Read the full San Francisco Chronicle story.

Tags: Deadly Force, Officer Involved Shootings, California, Officer Exonerated


Comments (6)

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Deputy @ 12/13/2012 6:00 PM

After reading the background on the suspect and watching the video I would say the officer was more then justified in this shooting.

Rob @ 12/13/2012 6:18 PM

Officer Moody appears to have done everything correctly. It is a shame that defending his life he will now have to deal with years of legal battles.

PC @ 12/14/2012 6:17 AM

After reading the whole story it looks like the Officer was justified. He was cleared by his department and the DA's office which is quite a feat. The problem is PO's are not treated like others and now the family wants the Feds to get involved. I hope for the Officer's sake they don't. Just look at how many times PO's end up being jacked up by the Feds. One thing I have to say the departments and Officers weapons training is very good. In a shooting like this to fire 13 shots and hit your target 11 times is outstanding. Most of the time the percentage of hits are much much lower.

Kina @ 4/2/2013 2:24 PM

You people are sick! Even after reading the back story, that officer was IN NO WAY justified in shooting that man 11 times!! He was unarmed and didnt even have a chance to get out of the truck before he was riddled with bullets!! Not to mention 3 of the bullets hit him when he was on the ground! He was in no way a threat and that officer should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!!

An eye for an eye @ 4/7/2013 4:56 AM

I hope that Moody will get bullet in his head sooner or later. An eye for an eye.

Rachel @ 4/11/2013 9:01 PM

Well, I like to notice things and I noticed that after watching the video and reading the story that the officer at one point asked another officer for a knife, which he used to cut the victim's shirt off. After doing so, he promptly placed said "knife" on the edge of the bed of the truck. Hence the knife they found in the bed of the vehicle. The report that was placed earlier in the day said that he was carrying a "throwing knife" but it was never referred to as a "throwing knife" in the later reports. The man got tripped up on a seat belt and was shot to death for that. I would call that police brutality.

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