VIDEO: Activists Outraged After Video Shows Response To Suspect Reaching For Gun

Fort Worth police have released more bodycam and dashcam video from the JaQuavion Slaton shooting on June 9.

Fort Worth, TX – The Fort Worth police released additional bodycam footage of the fatal shooting of JaQuavion Slaton in response to criticism from the community that officers had not tried to de-escalate the situation before firing their weapons (video below).

Police were already looking for the 20-year-old Slaton in connection with an aggravated assault on a woman at University of Texas – Tyler in April when they responded to a 911 call about him at about 4 p.m. on June 9, WFAA reported.

Fort Worth Interim Police Chief Ed Krauss said the 911 caller told police Slaton was "yelling at a family member who was too afraid to call police and that he had a knife."

When police arrived, Slaton and his cousin took off running and police officers followed, WFAA reported.

Fort Worth police released initial bodycam video of the shooting faster than usual in an effort to head off violent protests after outraged community activists demanded action.

That bodycam video showed Slaton and his cousin took off into backyards and over fences as they fled from police.

At one point in the video, Slaton had a black gun in his hand as he ran from officers.

His cousin was caught by police first, the video showed.

Officers located Slaton hiding inside a white pickup truck, the video showed.

The officers surrounded the cab of the pickup truck and ordered Slaton to put his hands up.

Slaton failed to follow or respond to officers’ commands, the video showed.

Then one of the officers said “he’s reaching” just before multiple officers opened fire on the truck.

A loaded handgun was found inside the truck with Slaton, WFAA reported.

The newly-released dashcam video and bodycam video from seven more officers released on Tuesday clearly showed that officers only had seconds to try and make the arrest of the armed suspect.

One bodycam video showed an officer had just started to break out the driver’s window on the truck when officers saw the suspect move and opened fire.

"At the end of the day, these officers are having to figure out if the threat is neutralized," Fort Worth Police Officers Association President Manny Ramirez said, according to FOX News. "If that suspect is going to raise that gun again. I mean, they don’t know that, and it takes time to figure that out.”

At least two of the bodycams showed a movement that could be interpreted as a weapon firing inside the truck just a split second before the officers opened fire.

“Is that enough time to, in your brain, formulate a plan and say 'We should step back'? Is that enough time before the suspect presented his weapon?” Ramirez asked. “And that point, that’s whenever they were forced to take action.”

The medical examiner’s report found that there was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right side of Slaton’s head, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

However, the medical examiner has not determined whether that shot was intentional or accidental.

The report also found two high-velocity gunshot wounds, one to the upper anterior chest and the other to the upper right shoulder, from .223-caliber rounds, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Slaton also had 9 mm gunshot wounds to his upper right neck, posterior neck at the base of his head, and upper right arm.

The three officers who fired their weapons during the incident were placed on administrative leave as is protocol for that department while the officer-involved shooting is investigated, FOX News reported.

The Internal Affairs Unit’s investigation will be given to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office for a grand jury review, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Watch bodycam video of the incident below. WARNING - Graphic Content.

Comments (49)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Armed bad guy refused to follow officer's commands. bad guy was reaching for a firearm when cops opened fire, because if he grabs that gun and aims it at them, you might end up with a few dead cops, instead of just a dead armed bad guy.

How much injury does a cop need to sustain, or how much of a threat does the activist feel needs to be present, before they put aside their mock outrage and realize that the bad guy was solely responsible for his decision to play stupid games, and won a stupid prize?

shooter
shooter

These so-called "activists" will never be happy with investigations or proof provided by supporting video.

They will ALWAYS complain that whatever police did, it was wrong.

They will only be happy when all police stand down and let druggies drug, robbers rob, burglars burgle, rapists rape, and murderers murder.

Danimyl
Danimyl

Lucky none of the officers were hit in the crossfire

LunaMay
LunaMay

The dude had a frickin gun and wasn’t following commands. What do you guys expect the officers to do? Pull their fucking tasers??

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

Liberals and their complicit media would defend Adolf Hitler if a cop shot him while running into a nursey school with a flame thrower if they thought it would help them get elected.

LEO0301
LEO0301

There's that word "activist" again. Like this type of person is a respected member of the community who attended Harvard or some other liberal college. In reality, it's a gathering of thugs wanting free shit for Christmas.

DC-TX
DC-TX

Nice shooting fellas. I have friends in the DFW area, thanks for helping to keep them safe by taking a thug criminal off the streets. Sorry he chose to make you shoot him instead of just surrendering. Thanks for all you do and the sacrifices you make daily. Fuck the critics and activists.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Shooter" They will only be happy when all police stand down and let druggies drug, robbers rob, burglars burgle, rapists rape, and murderers murder."

Yes those who use the term "activist" are somehow trying to sanitize the criminal. They will be happy pushing this sanitation agenda...that is until any of these activities affect them directly. Then watch out as the story will quickly change to "why the police are not being more proactive?". They are two faced liars and speak out of both sides of their faces.

61mouse
61mouse

All I have to say why was that truck allow to have such dark tint on ALL windows

Maria867
Maria867

THESE PEOPLE NEED TO STFU... how many officers in how many days??? Shut the .... UP!!

JBo
JBo

Sooooo, are the activists angry that he shot himself in the head or that the police didn't shoot him first?

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

"The officers surrounded the cab of the pickup truck and ordered Slaton to put his hands up.

Slaton failed to follow or respond to officers’ commands, the video showed".

Hope this clears things up for certain parties on here.

Of course it won't. 🙄

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

Dont mess with TEXAS.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

CompyDontDie

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Next they will want charges on the truck because it was white

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Tax benefit.

JohnQPublic$
JohnQPublic$

I’m outraged the “activists “ are outraged. If the suspect was at work, like these officers, this would of never happened.

tkngod
tkngod

“Activist”....it’s the term the lame stream media uses when they want to stir up something where there’s nothing. And oh by the way.....a cyst on the backside of society has been lanced!!

PAC416
PAC416

The problem is people are stupid, they think what they see on TV is real life. They see the cop on TV tell the bad guy to drop his gun 10 or 15 times. Sometimes the cop will even put their gun back in their holster while they try to reason with the idiot. This doesn’t happen in real life, if it did there be a lot of dead police . People also think all crimes are solved in a 60 minute time slot, just like on Law and Order.

Sivispace
Sivispace

Somebody ought to shove a gun at these “activists” and see how they feel. They need to put on a badge and walk a mile in duty boots. That would give them a better idea of what these officers faced. Useful idiots.

Sargejh
Sargejh

All the activists crap aside, do any other LEOs see the tactical approach these guys took as an issue? I always taught to use cover, give verbal commands, and call for more backup. I keep seeing video after video of officers walking or running up to known armed suspects, with n

Sargejh
Sargejh

@Sargejh no cover, often putting themselves in crossfire situations. Has training changed since I retired?

OldVet
OldVet

Score: Officers 1, suspect 0. Suspect totally at fault.

NFPD103
NFPD103

These people do not want armed officers that's the end game for them they want unarmed law enforcement like in England, it allows them to act up, commit crimes with minimal risk to their constituents, think about the demands they have already asked for and received from political leaders all over the United States.

magnumforc
magnumforc

He didn do nuffin...or in this case...he won't ever again.

NYPDhwyFuzz
NYPDhwyFuzz

Glad to see no physical injuries to the officers!

Stanracer
Stanracer

The usual bull crap. Idiot can't/won't follow commands, gets shot. Doh!!!!

LOCKTHEMUP
LOCKTHEMUP

Not even worth an opinion. The LefTARDS will bitch and Moan. So What, Ignore them. The cops won't be charged so F**K'em All!

Fuzzycat
Fuzzycat

With a name like JaQuavion he was pretty much doomed from birth

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

This was a legit shooting. It may have looked bad, but the guy had a gun and was a threat to the end. I am sick of liberal jerks and media treating our law enforcement like criminals. too many cops are dying because of threat exactly like this.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

I love the name "JaQuavion". Not just the way it flows but it's got TWO capital letters in it - that some fancy shit. Like royalty.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Listen people - these POS activists do not give a flying fuck about of these common sense points you make. They DONT CARE if you wait until he shoots you first before you fire. They'll call it self defense on the part of the POS. They expect you to let the POS kill as many of you as he feels necessary. It is NEVER ok for you shoot at a POS. Its a fucking crime against humanity if you actually KILL a POS. If you think I'm exaggerating then you're not paying attention.

erinmonalisa
erinmonalisa

So the Officers can no longer protect themselves & others from harm. They have to step back, reassess the situation, allow the criminal to shoot a couple of Officers, then carefully, without harming shooter, attempt to remove him again. Administrative Leave is Unacceptable!!!!

erinmonalisa
erinmonalisa

I pray that when Trump is re-elected, there will be greater protection for our Police Officers! Maybe neighborhoods that do not want Police Officers should sign a legal document, when they get a majority signatures, only armed militia go in their neighborhoods.

PSOStone
PSOStone

SMFH...NEVER ENDS!

nocolor needed
nocolor needed

the only issue I have is the investigation by internal affairs. it needs to be outside of the department and its associates. would you let the suspects run their own investigations?