Body cam video of Hayward police shooting released

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The Hayward Police Department released police officers’ body-worn camera videos and new information on the deadly police shooting. 

Antonio Lacunas-Escobar, 37, of Hayward, had a BB pistol when he was shot by two HPD officers outside a Safeway store on City Center Drive on September 6. 

Escober was allegedly trying to shoplift and officers mistook the BB pistol as a handgun. 

The body camera video was uploaded on the Hayward Police Department’s YouTube page on Thursday. 

At 9:40 p.m., police were dispatched to the area after receiving reports that a man was armed with a handgun. 

“The caller reported that the man pointed a gun at her and a friend as they drove away from the area,” HPD wrote.

Officers also spoke with a Safeway security guard who said the man tried to steal items from the store. 

When police found Escobar, he was “uncooperative and walked away from them,” HPD wrote. 

The officers ordered him to stop, but he turned and pointed what appeared to be a firearm in their direction. Two officers opened fire. 

Escobar was declared dead at the scene. 

Acting Police Chief Bryan Matthews said, “Any loss of life is tragic, and this incident is no exception. My heart goes out to the decedent and his family, as well as anyone involved in this incident, including the Hayward officers. We recognize that the community entrusts us with the legal authority to carry out our duties and we do not take that responsibility lightly.”

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the actions of the officers. An independent third-party consultant and their use-of-force experts are also conducting an independent investigation to determine whether the involved officers complied with Hayward Police Department policies.

The Hayward Police Department wrote Thursday, “These investigations are still ongoing, and our understanding of the incident may change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed, and reviewed. We do not draw any conclusions about whether the officers acted consistently with our policies and the law until all the facts are known and the investigations are complete.”


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