Denver police Cpl. Ethan Antonson killed DeBose on May 1. Antonson told investigators that DeBose pointed a gun at him as he ran from them in the parking lot of the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales public library branch at West Colfax Avenue and Irving Street.
Body camera footage shows Antonson approach the couple and tell them to stay where they are and put their hands in the air. DeBose then ran through the parking lot back toward the car. Antonson chased DeBose, who soon turns toward the officer. Antonson fired four rounds because he saw something in DeBose’s hands.
It is difficult to determine whether DeBose had a gun in his hand from the body-worn camera footage, which is dark and blurry. A metallic clank can be heard as DeBose fell to the ground and police found a loaded gun next to the young man.
Officers handcuffed DeBose and called an ambulance. DeBose was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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