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4 HOUSTON OFFICERS FIRED OVER SHOOTING OF MAN 21 TIMES ON THE GROUND DURING ALLEGED MENTAL CRISIS

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Four Houston police officers were fired on Thursday after a months-long investigation of a fatal shooting found that they were “objectively unreasonable” in discharging 21 rounds at a man in distress.

On April 21 at around 9 p.m., multiple officers responded to several 911 calls about a man who was running through highway traffic.

Officers approached Nicolas Chavez, 27, in a parking lot, where he was running while holding a metal object, police said. During a roughly 15-minute interaction, officers shot Chavez with stun guns and bean bags while attempting to “stop him from harming himself,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a video compilation of the body-camera footage that was also released Thursday.

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Throughout the incident, five officers fired 24 rounds at Chavez, Acevedo said at an at-times emotional press briefing Thursday. Three of those shots were found to be “objectionably reasonable,” while the final barrage of 21 shots by four officers was not, he said, because Chavez “was at his greatest level of incapacitation.”

Acevedo detailed that before the 21 shots in question, police officers had shot Chavez more than once, discharged five cartridges of stun guns and deployed six bean bags.

“I believe that anyone that watches this tape, and sees this, will see they had a lot of opportunities and a lot of other options readily available to them that we, as long as I’m the police chief of this city, I will expect my officers to take,” Acevedo said.

The four officers fired were Sgt. Benjamin LeBlanc, who discharged two of the 21 shots; Omar Tapia, who discharged six; Patrick Rubio, who discharged six, and Luis Alvarado, who discharged seven.

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