Video released of Tulsa officers shooting 16-year-old armed robbery suspect; unforeseen charges, says DA | Crime News
Police have released helicopter and body camera footage of the Feb. 4 shooting by Tulsa officers of a 16-year-old who allegedly robbed someone at gunpoint of $22 that night.
The teenager, Isaiah Perez, died of his injuries after the shooting near the intersection of Birmingham Avenue and Tecumseh Street, police said. The video, posted to the Tulsa Police Department’s Facebook page, shows two officers shooting Perez more than 15 times.
Police say Perez grabbed a gun from his belt, prompting officers to shoot him. The video shows a gun falling from Perez as he fell to the ground.
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said his office “verbally advised” the Tulsa Police Department that the criminal charges “did not appear to be warranted” based on investigative reports prosecutors have received so far.
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Kunzweiler said his office’s final report will be completed once the medical examiner’s report on Perez’s death is complete.
Officers had responded at 11:17 p.m. Feb. 4 to a 911 call for armed robbery at the PLS Check Cashers, 1447 N. Lewis Place, police said in a statement released the day after the shooting.
A man had just cashed a check and was walking to his car when a man dressed in black and wearing a ski mask “pointed a gun at him and demanded his money”, police said.
“The victim took out some money and put it on the car; the suspect took that money and fled across the street, got on the bike and headed east on Pine (Street),” police said.
Police wrote in one of the videos released Friday that the victim said the thief took “no more than $25” from him.
Another potential victim reported a similar robbery attempt around the same time, but police say the attempt ended when the thief fled after that person said they had no ‘money.
The video shows officers in a Tulsa Police helicopter finding Perez riding a bicycle in the neighborhood and other officers converging on the area.
Bodycam footage shows an officer in his vehicle following the bike. The officer said the cyclist “did not give in” to the officer and then “collapsed”.
The officer then got out of his car at the intersection of Birmingham Avenue and Seminole Street, and Perez drove away from the officer. The officer drew his gun and began pursuing him north into Birmingham, which was covered in snow from the February 1-3 winter storm.
“Stop or you’ll get shot,” the officer said as he chased Perez. “Hey, I’ll shoot you.”
The officer continued to follow the teen on foot, and a patrol car drove past the officer with its lights and siren on.
Perez, who can be seen wearing a ski mask, stopped running and the officer pointed his gun at Perez and told him to get down.
The patrol car driver got out and a few seconds later said, “Gun! then started shooting Perez.
As he is shot, Perez falls to the ground and a handgun falls to the street, the video shows.
“The suspect was wearing a ski mask and a black hoodie; it’s going to be him,” said the officer who chased Perez on foot. “We’re pretty confident it’s him.”
After waiting for someone to bring a protective shield, officers got to the teenager on the ground and handcuffed him.
Officers can be seen performing first aid on Perez while waiting for an ambulance.
In a statement released the day after the shooting, police said Perez died around 6 a.m. in a hospital.
Perez had $22 on him when he was shot, police said in one of the videos released Friday.
The helicopter footage shows a timestamp of 12:49 a.m. when Perez was shot, but it also has a date of January 1, 2003.
The statement released by police after the shooting said three officers involved were placed on leave. Video shows only two officers shooting Perez; two other officers arrive on the scene seconds after Perez falls to the ground.
The Tulsa Police Department did not say who the three off-duty officers are or how they got involved.
Kelsy Schlotthauer contributed to this story.