Bodycam Footage Released From Officer Involved Shooting In Seward

first_imgAccording to the online dispatch, Armstrong tried to stop McComas but ended up firing his gun at him. Autopsy confirms McComas died from gunshot wounds. Alaska city releases police body cam video showing fatal shooting of handcuffed man who drove off with officer’s car. Read the story: https://t.co/Ag33nJEngv pic.twitter.com/DSK7WdLH5v— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) January 31, 2018 Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The bodycam footage from the officer involved shooting that occured in Seward on October 1, 2017, has been released to the Associated Press. Seward Police Officer Michael ‘Eddie’ Armstrong was cleared, on January 22, in the fatal shooting of Micah McComas who was handcuffed and placed in the back of the officer’s idling patrol car and managed to start driving it away, according to a decision by the state attorney general’s office. Video footage released to AP as part of the records request shows the incident as it unfolded. Armstrong appears calm and in control in the video and McComas is initially relaxed but appears to become agitated when the drugs are found and he is placed in handcuffs. A letter from Seward Police Chief Tom Clemons stated that it was reasonable for Officer Armstrong to use deadly force in the Oct. 1 shooting of Micah McComas. He died later at a hospital and the letter said the autopsy report showed that he tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and diazepam. Wednesday, January 31, the McComas’ family released the following statement following the release of the videos:Our family does not condone or excuse the decision Micah made in attempting to flee in the police car.   We have been consistent throughout this process that if Micah endangered the Officer’s life to the point that lethal force was justified, then we will accept the consequences. It is important to understand that we have not yet viewed the entire video, but based on the edited clip we have seen, we still do not understand how this scenario was even possible if Micah had been properly secured in the back of the patrol car.  However, what is far more disconcerting is that we have been told that the Officer’s bodycam video stops precisely as my brother is being shot.  We have been told that the car door knocked the officer down, but in the edited clip we have seen, the officer appears to open the driver’s side door himself, the car is moving slowly and appears to present no imminent danger.   We are uncomfortable with the fact that the bodycam supposedly fell off of the officer, leaving us to rely solely on the officer’s testimony.   In short, we have some serious questions, and there seem to be numerous inconsistencies between the Officer’s testimony and that of the witness.  However, we do not want to jump to conclusions without having seen the entire video and reviewing the Officer’s testimony.  We will make a full statement next week after having reviewed both.  In the meantime, there seem to be even more questions, and without video of the actual shooting, there is still no closure for our family. We still don’t understand why a handcuffed would need to be shot five times or more, and most importantly, why Micah has what has been described to us as a contact wound which almost certainly led to his death.    We have a number of questions, and based on what we have heard and seen thus far, we will continue to pursue the truth of what happened that night.  We will be traveling to Alaska next week, and the family will make a full statement once we have seen the video and met with the State.last_img

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