MANTECA, CA - Graphic police patrol unit camera video of a Manteca police officer confronting and fatally shooting a wanted suspect was released by the dead man's family Wednesday following a multi-agency investigation (PDF attached) concluding the officer was justified in the shooting.
The video shows Officer James Moody firing numerous shots at suspect Ernesto Duenez Jr., 34, on the 200 block of Flores Avenue on June 8, 2011. Police had been on the look-out for Duenez in connection with an earlier domestic violence incident.
In the video, the officer is heard shouting at Duenez to drop his knife or he would shoot.
GRAPHIC VIDEO: Police dashboard cam captures shooting death of Ernest Duenez Jr. WARNING video is unedited and very graphic
During the autopsy, the San Joaquin County coroner found 11 bullets struck Duenez.
Investigators found a knife in the bed of the pick-up truck where Duenez was a passenger.
Duenez was a parolee with convictions for felony evading arrest, vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of controlled substances, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, participation in a criminal street gang and statutory rape. Manteca police said he was considered armed and dangerous.
Duenez' family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city earlier this year.