A San Bernardino, California, police officer is off the force more than a year after he fatally shot a man who was walking toward officers with his hands in the air after he obeyed commands to put down a gun he was holding.
McBride said the review determined Gaddie’s “decision making did not meet the standards held by our department or the community we serve” and “disciplinary action has been initiated,” but he did not say whether the officer had been fired or had resigned.
Body camera video shows that when the officers arrived, the front door was open, and Sanchez was standing in the entryway holding a gun. Police order Sanchez to put the handgun down, which he does not immediately do. But after turning around to face the officers, he places it on the arm of a couch.
Then, Sanchez “suddenly, and without being told to do so” starts to walk toward the officers, McBride said, and the video shows. He takes eight steps as the officers order him to put his hands up. He does, but he also keeps walking toward them.
The officer who was with Gaddie at the time of the shooting is still on the job, McBride said.
“Each encounter is unique and requires officers to make split-second decisions without the benefit of 20/20 hindsight,” he added. “However, despite the challenges faced by officers, we want to reassure the community that we will not compromise our standards and will continually strive to provide the best possible service to all the residents of San Bernardino.”
Gaddie then shoots at Sanchez five times. Sanchez is seen falling to the ground on the front lawn.