VIDEO: 'Unarmed Black Man' Shot, Dashcam Shows Him Advancing On Officer

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Police have released dashcam video of a sheriff's deputy shooting a man in the middle of the road in Houston.

Houston, TX – There are multiple videos circulating on social media of an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead in Austin (videos below).

Police said that 34-year-old Danny Ray Thomas had been wandering around in the street at an intersection, with his pants down around his ankles, when Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Cameron Brewer arrived on the scene at about 1 p.m. on March 22.

Witnesses told police that Thomas was talking to himself and hitting vehicles as they passed by him. Then he struck a white vehicle and the driver got out and went after Thomas, according to the statement posted by the Houston Police Department (HPD), the agency investigating the shooting.

Deputy Brewer saw the altercation taking place between Thomas and the driver, and he stopped to intervene.

The dashcam video released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office showed that when the deputy got out of his patrol vehicle, Thomas began advancing toward him.

On the video, Deputy Brewer could be heard giving Thomas repeated commands to stop, but the man continued toward the deputy without slowing down.

“Fearing for his safety, the deputy discharged his duty weapon, striking Thomas once in the chest,” Houston police said in the statement.

Thomas was transported to the hospital where he died.

Deputy Brewer was not injured in the altercation, but was placed on administrative duty pending investigation as per protocol. The deputy joined the sheriff’s office in 2016, The New York Times reported.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that Deputy Brewer had a Taser with him at the time of the incident, but he didn’t deploy it.

“We are going to take this very seriously,” Sheriff Gonzalez said at a media briefing. “We are going to review all policies and procedures to see how we can continue to be better and learn from these situations.”

He said that deputies were trained on the use of nonlethal force, including dealing with suspects who might be mentally disturbed.

Thomas’s family said the man had been suffering from severe depression after the murder of his five- and seven-year-old children at the hands of their mother in 2016.

Sheborah Thomas was awaiting trial on capital murder charges for drowning both of her children in the bathtub.

The initial video that was released to the public was filmed by on a phone by a witness from across the street. At first, the woman filming can be heard joking and laughing about how Thomas is about to get Tased.

Then a vehicle comes across and blocks the view of Thomas – and then the gunshots occur.

A second video surfaced that showed a brief clip of exactly what happened right before Deputy Brewer fired the fatal shot.

That video, filmed for Snapchat, showed Thomas advancing on the deputy.

HPD's Homicide Division Special Investigations Unit and the Harris County District Attorney's Office are continuing to investigate the incident, The New York Times reported.

Multiple videos below. Scroll down for more.

Watch the dashcam video released by the sheriff’s department here:

Watch the video filmed from across the street here:

Watch the Snapchat video of Thomas approaching Deputy Brewer here:

Comments (19)
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Eaglescout
Eaglescout

A mentally disturbed man with his pants around his ankles "advanced" toward the cops causing them to "fear for their lives". What cowards. Cowards.....average cop.

Homer
Homer

So... my understanding from your comment is that a highly agitated mentally disturbed man advancing on a smaller officer, disregarding all requests to stop, could not overpower the officer and take his gun? Easy to judge from the armchair friend.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

If only they had brave ,gallant , not bitter, fair minded, mature, physically fit individuals like yourself working for the police department....... America would be so much safer.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

I don't give a shit if he was "mentally disturbed", I don't give a shit about his life at all. HE WAS ASSAULTING PEOPLE, AND REFUSED THE COPS ORDERS. That warrants A DEATH SHOT.

Ralphie_Boy
Ralphie_Boy
Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Teijeiro2
Neither of those things deserve a death shot, clown.

SheilaW
SheilaW

He was depressed well, 50% of our country is depressed. I lost a baby at 20 and was depressed... Did I go out in traffic with my pants around my feet and advance on a police officer, hell no !! I would have shot him too, he just kept coming at the officer. He was way bigger than the officer, of course he was scared, you would be too, don't lie !!!
Of course the family is saying he didn't do nothing he wasn't bothering nobody, so why we're the police called? The motorist that pushed him, he just kept coming at him too !!!

SheilaW
SheilaW

I dare any of you arm chair critics to go to work every day and know that you might not make it home because of idiots like this guy!! You try it for one week!!! Get the real facts before you criticize the officer, stop jumping to conclusions !!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

If a cop is this scared, and with such a small amount of situational awareness, they shouldn't be a cop.

I wish America would adopt the cop training philosophies of some countries in Europe. Sadly, holding out force to that kind of standard would absolutely decimate the force.

spanky007
spanky007

if he'd of gone unchallenged and assaulted someone you cared about you'd be crying about no help from the police. gotta give the officers in the field the benefit of the doubt.

spanky007
spanky007

most of these fools who get themselves shot were never educated by their parents to use COMMON SENSE. Obey a police officer. obama has done so much to erase common sense when exercising our 1st Amendment.

Duder1897
Duder1897

Taking out the trash. Good job officer.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@peanutsmom0307
Nah, i had a higher calling in the Navy, now i own a business. Being a cop would be a step down for me, personally.

And I love Europe, but I'm American. Too much hassle to try and get a permanent visa.

But all that doesn't change the fact that their cops are trained much better than ours. Maybe you should move to Europe if you find America so scary.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

The video does not show the whole story. looks like that guy was not stopping when ordered. I say he walked up to the cop and tried to grab his gun

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Thank YOU for the support, and good luck to you as well.

Scattered
Scattered

Scared? They are in fear for their life every second of every day. Did you see the video where he advanced on the guy before the cop? He wasn't slowing down before he zero'd in on the cop. The video leaves absolutely no doubt he was going straight for the cop. They have seconds. What does it look like to you? He was going to kiss him on the cheek? Obviously he was on drugs and why wasn't his depression taken care of? That the cops responsibility or the family? No, You're also wrong when you say it would take most of there jobs. Unfair statement. They don't all go around shooting people. Geez!!!!!!

kwhite5
kwhite5

Ya, because he was just a good ole boy, a good man. He was advancing on the officer because he wanted to make friends and shake his hand. EYEROLL.


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