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A newly released police body camera video shows an officer fatally shooting a parent outside of a school in Eugene, Oregon, in what the district attorney’s office says was an act that likely “saved” many.
The incident took place on Jan. 11, when 30-year-old Charles Landeros was summoned to Cascade Middle School after his ex-wife realized he had put their child in the school without her consent and went to the campus herself, NBC reports.
Steve Timm, the school resource officer, was also present in the meeting where he learned about a custody dispute between the couple and called Eugene police officer Aaron Johns.
The video, seen from one of the bodycams, starts with Landeros saying, “The principal is not asking me to leave.” He is then approached by a police officer who escorts him out as he screams “Go! Go!” Landeros resists the officer, and the situation escalates when the officer says Landeros is under arrest.
Another officer approaches them, and Landeros starts shooting. The second officer, identified as Timm, retaliates and shoots Landeros in the head.
According to NBC, right before he was told he was under arrest, Landeros began screaming “Go!” when his child walked into the hallway.
Landeros reportedly had another magazine and ammunition in his car, as well as additional ammunition in his backpack.
The DA’s office ruled that in shooting Landeros, the officer saved his own life, his partner’s life, and possibly students’ lives.
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque