A grand jury will not file criminal charges against an APD officer who shot and killed a burglary suspect last fall. The teen's family feels differently.
The shooting happened in a matter of seconds. In dash camera video from Officer Derrick Bowman's patrol car, you can see 16-year-old Devin Contreras run out of the back door of Big Lots with his hands in a firing position. You then hear the sound of gun shots.
Bowman pulls the trigger 14 times. Four shots hit Contreras. Officers say they found a loaded pistol under his body.
Minutes earlier Contreras and 19-year-old John Michael Rodriguez were recorded on video inside the South Austin store.
Officers on the scene were responding to a burglary in progress. One officer alerted Officer Bowman that one of the burglars maybe armed and was heading his way.
District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg released the video Thursday as she explained a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Bowman on criminal charges.
Contreras' father stood before reporters shaken and wiped tears away after seeing the video for the first time. He spoke outside his attorney's office.
"He was wrong in being in the building. Why did they have to take my son from me the way they did?" said Albert Contreras.
The family believes their son was trying to run away and would have survived. Yet the officer kept firing.
"When he's on the steps, two shots are fired. He jumped down, starts running away, and that's when the other 12 were fired," said Bobby Taylor, the Contreras family's attorney.
Attorney Bobby Taylor also pointed out the discrepancy in Officer Bowman's first report that Contreras fired at him. Officers later determined Contreras did not pull the trigger.
Lehmberg described her theory.
"There is a fairly loud bang when the door is kicked open, and there is a rush of light. Lights were all on inside the Big Lots," Lehmberg said.
The Contreras family plans to continue looking in to what happened. Meanwhile, Contreras' father will help raise his son's one-month-old baby girl.
"She's going to obviously grow up without her dad now," said Albert Contreras.
Contreras' accomplice, Rodriguez, has been charged for the Big Lots burglary. He has also been charged with the burglary of a storage facility. Police say the two men stole 32 guns. That is where Contreras got his pistol. All but one gun has been recovered.