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Sheriff: Second Video Shows Man Had Raised His Arms When Deputies Fatally Shot Him

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
House on Walnut Pass in Bexar County where deputies fatally shot Gilbert Flores.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau says a second video of deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show him carrying what investigators believe was a knife.

Pamerleau told reporters at a Wednesday news conference that the video has been forwarded to the state crime lab to see if the footage can be blown up and slowed down. She says investigators believe 41-year-old Gilbert Flores was holding a knife when he raised both arms.

A motorist using his cell phone recorded another video of the shooting that was released publicly.  It also shows Flores standing motionless with his hands raised when he was shot and killed last Friday.

The lawyer for Gilbert Flores’ family says none of the events that brought the deputies to the man's home should have resulted in his death.

Attorney Thomas J. Henry said Wednesday that domestic disturbance complaints that brought Bexar County deputies to the San Antonio-area home "should not have precipitated him being shot in the yard."

Authorities have said efforts to subdue Flores were unsuccessful, including the use of a stun gun.

Henry declined to say whether Flores was armed, arguing that the central question is whether the confrontation was escalating or de-escalating when Flores was shot.