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Fresno police release body cam footage showing teen didn’t comply with officer commands before shooting

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Fresno, Calif., police Chief Jerry Dyer released graphic body-camera video footage of the fatal shooting of Dylan Noble, a 19-year-old who was unarmed.

Credit: Fresno PD
Credit: Fresno PD

Dyer said he released the “extremely disturbing” footage Wednesday because of intense public interest surrounding the June 25 shooting.

“I anticipate that some of this video will answer many of the questions out there in this community,” Dyer said. “However, I believe this video is also going to raise questions in the minds of people, just as those questions exist in my mind as well.”

In the video, two police officers are heard yelling out orders to Noble to put his hands in the air while he sits in a pickup truck. Noble eventually gets out of the vehicle and begins pacing back and forth in front of the police officers. In these tense moments, Noble has one hand in the air and one alternatively in the air and behind his back. The officers shot him twice and he fell to the ground.

He was shot twice more while he was on the ground as officers yelled for Noble to put his hands up. The video appears to show Noble moving one hand toward his abdomen. Dyer previously said officers believed Noble was reaching for a gun but later saw he was unarmed.

Questions over the shooting of Noble began last week when cellphone video taken from a distance showed officers shooting Noble twice as he was already on the ground. After the cellphone video went viral, the FBI began investigating the police shooting.

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    • They can’t risk that. A gun is a weapon of ‘deadly’ force used to stop immediate danger.
      You’re talking about using less than lethal weapon, but what if he did pull a gun?

      • They can and should “risk it”. Their mission is to “Serve and Protect” not kill unarmed civilians. They were bulletproof vests and are trained to have cool heads in stressful situations. Shooting an unarmed civilian because you were scared is NEVER okay for a law enforcement officer. If it happens, the officer should at least be fired, if not prosecuted.

        This isn’t a warzone. Gun crime is down. Police officers who shoot first and ask questions later are cowards who should never be allowed to wear the badge or carry a gun.

        • Feel free to go and get a job with the police most departments in the country are needing officers. As you seem to know all about what it takes to be an officer pl. show up sign up and walk in their shoes. Until then shut up you have no idea what you are talking about.

    • Because if he did have a weapon he wouldn’t be shooting it with his knees he would be grasping it with is hands that the police continued to tll hi to put his hands up. It surprises me that people expect police to wait until the thug shoots first. wait until you might be dead before firing your weapon. That’s asinine.

    • Well, Tom, That’s the most ridiculous notion I keep hearing parroted by people. Shooting to wound can be debunked by any high school anatomy teacher. There are large arteries in the limbs, which if hit could cause the suspect/victim/whatever to bleed out quite fast. Additionally, firearms are always considered lethal force. There is never a time where shooting someone with a firearm could not be considered lethal force. Google bullet wound cavitation and you’ll never ask this question again. The force behind a bullet causes so much trauma in such a short period of time… yeah, this doesn’t need anymore explanation.

      What you should be asking, is, is there any alternative the officers had available? Most people don’t want to have their taxes raised, to pay for less-than-lethal options. They also don’t want to pay for more officers, which is what generally is required to subdue a subject hell bent on murdering people or others. There are plenty of less than lethal options available, if the city/community wants to pay for the training, equipment, and manpower. Unfortunately, people come in droves to ask “WHY DIDN’T YOU SHOOT HIM IN THE LEG!!!” but are strangely silent when it comes to paying a few extra cents in their taxes for more officers, and more equipment.

      Sadly, when it comes down to it, there isn’t much that can be prepared for when it comes to reacting to a sudden attack. This young man clearly knew what he was doing, not complying, and posturing that he had a weapon.

      Lastly, shooting to wound will not disarm the threat. Shooting a leg, arm, or any other part of the body is not a guarantee that it will “Disarm” the threat. There are several documented cases of individual sustaining dozens of gunshot, and still putting up a fight. I’m sure if you were the one being stabbed, you wouldn’t want the officer shooting to wound.

      So, Tom, in short, thats why we don’t shoot to wound. It’s bad, it doesn’t work, and it’s all around stupid. Life isn’t like the movies.

    • Well, Tom, that surely is the most ridiculous notion I keep hearing parroted by the uneducated masses. Shooting to wound can be debunked by any high school anatomy teacher.

      There are large arteries in the limbs which if hit could cause the
      suspect/victim/whatever to bleed out quite fast. Additionally, firearms are always considered lethal force. There is never a time where shooting someone with a firearm could not be considered lethal force. Google bullet wound cavitation and you’ll never ask this question again. The force behind a bullet causes so much trauma in such a short period of time… yeah, this doesn’t need anymore explanation. This is a non-argument at this point.

      What you should be asking, is, “are there any alternatives the officers had available?”
      Most people don’t want to have their taxes raised, to pay for less-than-lethal options. They also don’t want to pay for more officers, which is what generally is required to subdue a subject hell bent on murdering people. There are plenty of less than lethal options available, if the city/community wants to pay for the training, equipment, and manpower.

      This is the sad truth of the matter. Most police departments are woefully understaffed and don’t possess the budgets for non-lethal equipment. Additionally, there has not been a less-than-lethal option that is as effective as a firearm is deadly. Until that technology is invented, Cops will still need to carry guns to protect – which, the statistics support an overwhelming amount that cops do not kill willy nilly.
      Lastly, shooting to wound will not disarm the threat. Shooting a leg, arm, or any other part of the body is not a guarantee that it will “Disarm” the threat. There are several documented cases of individual sustaining several gunshots, and still putting up a fight. I’m sure if you were the one being stabbed, you wouldn’t want the officer shooting to wound.
      Sadly, when it comes down to it, there isn’t much that can be prepared for when it comes to reacting to a sudden attack. This young man clearly knew what he was doing, was not complying, and posturing that he had a weapon.

      People come in droves to shout “WHY DIDN’T YOU SHOOT HIM IN THE LEG!!!” “WHY didn’t you shoot to disarm!?!” but are strangely silent when it comes to paying a few extra cents in their taxes for more officers, and more equipment.

      Every death is a tragedy; but that does not mean it has to be meaningless. Talk to your city/county officials about raising the budget for law enforcement. Better equipment and better training means better results.

    • Because aiming for a smaller target under a stressful situation is extremely difficult to do. You aim for center mass because you have a higher chance of stopping the threat.

      • Hey – the person was just asking – why are you all so judgmental!? I guess my question / which you probably will judge as well – is would it have been better to taser him on the ground? Or even tranquilize him like you would an animal? I’m not a police officer so I do not know all the weapons of choice and how they work. I’m just saying – as a mom – are there other choices that don’t kill a person but rather temporarily stop them from reaching for a gun?

    • No, you never aim for a leg or non lethal place. That is against all training. You shoot to stop the threat. And, is in the video, often takes many rounds. Shooting a limb usually does not stop the threat, and is much harder to hit that a body placement.

    • I assume you’ve never shot a gun before. I have a couple points to make.
      1. A moving target is hard to hit. In this case, he wasn’t moving much. Except his legs are moving and arms. So how you have a… Idk, 1-5in (arms and legs) target that is moving rapidly. You have a 3.5″ barrel handgun and they are 5-10 yards away and moving. Good luck!

      2. If you miss, innocent people die. Aim for leg, miss, ricochet, Pregnant mom gets shot in the abdomen. Aim for arm, Now you just shot full power into someone or into somewhere with whoever behind it.

      3. Eliminate the threat. If he is suspected to have a weapon on him and you just disable the target they can still reach for a firearm and you are dead. Have you ever hunted? Have you ever heard of stories of hunters getting killed by deer who aren’t dead yet? Yeah, deer don’t have guns but they will still fuck you up.

      I believe that’s all.

    • Police are taught to shoot Center mass not maim the subject. If he had a weapon then shooting at the knees would leave the officer in a compromising position.

    • No. There is no guarantee of that, and the exact opposite has happened in the past. People have been tasered, only to get up and stab the officer who tased them. People have been shot in the legs, only to shoot back at police before dying anyway due to a destroyed femoral artery.

      Educate yourself.

    • Your ignorance is showing. Cops do not shoot to kill. They shoot to neutralize the threat.

      “Going for the knees/arms/legs/whatever” is a bunch of crap too. It’s usually a very small target with 2 glaring issues – First the cop is responsible for every shot that misses and I think we can all agree that collateral damage to people and property is never desired so why increase the odds? Second, even if you do score a hit in the arm it’s not likely to neutralize the threat – specifically if they’re hopped up on drugs or dangerous mental break down. By aiming for center mass you mitigate risks of missing (as much as you can anyways) and are much more likely to stop the threat before getting hurt yourself.

      • “They shoot to neutralize the threat.”
        And how does one neutralize a threat with a gun? You shoot it.
        And what happens when one shoots center mass? YOU KILL THE THREAT!

        Center mass shots are 99% fatal.

        So why don’t YOU hide your own ignorance?

    • When you have reason to believe that someone intends to kill you, it is not your responsibility to aim for the shoulder or knees. It is your right to protect your life and that means ending the confrontation. Have you ever shot a pistol before? Hitting a 4 inch target that is moving from a distance of 3 yards is next to impossible. Shooting a man in the chest is the correct action, ensuring that your bullets land in the individual threatening your safety and also ensuring that your bullets do not end up in an innocent bystander downrange.

  1. You can’t even argue that the police officers amped-him-up, they were all calm and pretty crystal clear about their directions to him. Sad that he initiated his death 🙁

  2. The question is it policy to drive with your gun in your hand. I understand the man did everything wrong. But why did the cop already have the gun in his hand before he knew the truck was pulling over. was he expecting a high speed chase with gun fire because he had his partner for that.

  3. I’m not gonna sit here and MMQ the shoot. Even as a civilian, I can clearly see he is resisting lawful orders and reaching to his rear waistline at least twice before rounds flew. Even reaching again to his front after several orders to stop. The only thing I’m concerned about is the draw of weapons while initiating the stop. From what I heard in this video, he was only being stopped for pulling off at a high rate of speed. If I’m missing something, by all means fill me in. Either way, heads on a swivel guys. Inciting asshats are everywhere these days. There are still good guys and gals out here who have your back. Stay safe.

  4. What was the suspect wanted for? Did they know that he was a threat to public safety? The fact that the officer readies his weapon before the encounter has even begun when the suspect was clearly fleeing is already questionable. Would the encounter have gone that way if the officer simply exited the car with his hand readied?

    Why did the officer reach immediately for a lethal weapon when non-lethals are readily available and ever-advancing in technology? There were two Officers, both with body armour, both with firearms at their side, both with the means to call for assistance or backup. They both have the resources, authority, and the training necessary to attain and utilize non-lethal weapons in the apprehension of a suspect, yet they went for the lethal option anyway.

    This reminds me very much of how green energy is abundantly available and ever-advancing and yet we simply refuse to stray from fossil fuels as our primary energy source. Why?

  5. Just because they had body armor doesn’t mean they should test it, what if he had a gun and decided to shoot them in the face. Ever seen dumb and dumber “what if they shot you in the face Harry”. He wasn’t pulling over so getting the gun out while in persuit looked questionable but they were probably preparing for a bail out. Suicide by Cop- case closed

  6. additionally I don’t know why you can’t shoot to wound, I’m a pretty good shot. I’d shoot for the crotch. Ever heard the saying “don’t F#ck around or you won’t be around”. My motto “F@ck with me and never F#ck again”

  7. He matched the description that came over dispatch of a man who was illegally possessing a gun that’s why their guns were drawn and when someone exits a vehicle immediately upon getting pulled over a gun will be drawn, that’s protocol, how about listen to police orders when they tell you multiple times.

  8. I get the first couple of shots. But it is only natural to protect your wounds or cover up when your injured. I doubt anyone puts there hands up after getting shot twice in the midsection. All the shock and pain of being shot and they still telling you to put your hands up. Might as well just do a headshot if you gonna pull the trigger.

  9. When I was on active duty our orders were not to engage unless we saw a weapon. It is way too easy to say “I thought he had a weapon” after the fact. Do we care more about the citizens of other countries than our own? I saw no weapon. This was a bad shoot. If I had done the same on active duty I would have been prosecuted. I expect the police to abide by the same standards and consequences.

  10. Instead of blaming the police and spouting ‘they should have….’ scenarios how about focusing on the perp? Maybe he should have just done as he was told by the police instead of provoking them into believing he had a gun.
    People resist arrest, act out, attack the police while getting cuffed and we expect the police to put up with that? There’s a youtube video made by a felon who says he never resisted arrest and never got hurt. Even he says comply with the police and you won’t get hurt. There’s a reason they pulled you over, deal with it.

  11. It’s unfortunate, but the suspect was a fucktard, and didn’t comply after repeated instructions. He was probably high as a kite on something, but that’s no excuse. Drugs and alcohol make period stupid. And sometimes that can get you killed. The police did what they are trained to do. Not their fault. It’s the fucktard’s fault.

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