Fort Worth, TX – Bodycam video from an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday showed that 18-year-old Amari Malone was pointing a handgun at officers when he was fatally shot (video below).
Note: The author is not related to the suspect with the same last name.
The incident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 21 when officers encountered Malone on Boca Raton Boulevard in the Woodhaven neighborhood, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Fort Worth Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that the 18 year old became a suspect in an Aug. 5 homicide on the west side of the city after he was "seen at the murder scene with a pistol.”
Investigators had information on Malone’s location and officers were on the lookout for the suspect when they spotted him.
Fort Worth Police Sergeant Chris Daniels said officers stopped to try to talk to him, but Malone bolted, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Bodycam video from both officers showed how quickly the suspect took off when he was approached.
“Hey man, let me talk to you for a second,” the officer driving the police car called out to Malone as he stopped his patrol unit.
A split-second later the officer in the passenger seat yelled “he’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!” as Malone took off on foot.
Both officers pursued the suspect, the video showed.
The video showed that Malone twice turned and pointed handgun at the officers chasing after him before they opened fire on him.
Malone was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth where he later died.
There were four officers on the scene of the incident and all four have been placed on administrative leave as is protocol for officer-involved shootings in Fort Worth, KTVT reported.
Family and community members reacted with outrage to the news of the fatal shooting.
So Chief Kraus released the bodycam footage less than 24 hours after the incident in an effort to calm people as inflammatory social media post grew.
“We wanted to release enough to dispel some of the misinformation out there and give accurate information of what the officers faced on the scene,” the chief told reporters at the press conference.
Malone’s family has already hired a civil rights attorney to represent them, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
He brushed off the allegations that Malone had recently committed a murder.
“The crime that needs to be investigated right now is the murder of an 18 year old in Fort Worth,” he said.
Malone’s older brother, Bonnell Juvi, said that his sibling didn’t carry a gun and that he doesn’t believe that he would be involved in a murder, KTVT reported.
He said his little brother was “a young black kid getting his act together” who had become a father the week before he died.
Juvi said police didn’t need to shoot Malone, KTVT reported.
“Eventually, stuff like this has got to stop,” he said. “It’s just like an ongoing thing, like over and over and over. They keep pulling young people from out of the community.”
“We want justice,” Juvi told KTVT.
Merritt told reporters that he had spoken to an official at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office who told him that Malone had been shot once in the back, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Watch Malone point a gun at the officers in the video below: