Body-camera footage released in court this week shows the fatal shooting of a man with a gun at a Durham shopping center last summer.
In the Aug. 8, footage, officers repeatedly shout “Drop the gun! Drop the gun, Shaun!” as Shaun Jeffery Christy walks toward them in the parking lot of New Hope Commons shopping center.
The officers fire multiple shots, one while taking cover behind a patrol car.
Christy, 37, had threatened suicide, and according to a police report about the incident, pointed a gun at officers and said, “Shoot me!” The report said both officers fired their weapons and also performed CPR on Christy after he was shot.
WRAL reported that an Oct. 31 letter from former Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols to the State Bureau of Investigation said the actions of Cpl. B.M. Glover and Officer G.F. Paschall were justified. Glover joined the Durham Police Department in 2006, and Paschall joined the department in 2015.
Glover and Paschall are currently on administrative duty, the Durham Police Department said Tuesday.
The day Christy was killed, his wife had taken out a domestic violence protection order against him.
According to Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood, county officials also had obtained an involuntary commitment order for Christy after he had called the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill mid-day and threatened to kill himself and his wife. Deputies knew the Christys because the office had been dealing with the couple’s domestic-violence issues for three years, the sheriff said.
The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun obtained the body camera footage Monday after petitioning with other local media for the release of law enforcement recordings in the shooting. A Durham County Superior Court judge released the footage to organizations that joined the newspapers’ petition, including WNCN, WRAL-TV and WTVD.
Since a 2016 North Carolina law signed by then-Gov. Pat McCrory, the only way to obtain police body camera footage is to petition for it in court.
The bill’s chief sponsor was Rep. John Faircloth, a Guilford County Republican.
“I think it’s made better police officers out of our sworn personnel and I think they have adjusted their work day to realize that almost the whole world could be looking,” Faircloth said earlier this year.
Staff writer Lauren Horsch contributed to this story.