Amid cries of “Don’t shoot him!” from frantic family members watching from the front door step, a video released Wednesday shows a deadly confrontation between a Killeen police officer and a man on a snow covered lawn in central Killeen Sunday.
A video was released by civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, and shows the moments leading up to the officer involved shooting in Killeen Sunday that led to the death of a Killeen man.
Merritt also released the name of the deceased man, Patrick Warren Sr., in a tweet that included the video.
“He was suffering a mental health crisis and simply needed help. Instead he was shot three times in his chest and tased,” Merritt said in the tweet.
He has also called for the immediate arrest of the officer involved.
Merritt is the same attorney who represented the family of Michael Dean who was shot and killed in 2019 by former officer Carmen DeCruz in Temple. In the video, Warren can be seen exiting the residence in the 1600 block of Carrollton Avenue and moving towards the officer with his hands out wide as the officer backs up.
Police said they were called to the scene about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in reference to a psychiatric call.
In the video, as Warren continues to move forward, he swings his arms and there are calls from the officer for Warren to get on the ground and people at the residence can be heard telling the officer not to shoot Warren.
As Warren and the officer barely make it out of frame, the sound of a Taser goes off and appears to strike Warren as you can hear him struggle.
Police said the Taser was “ineffective.”
After the video cuts from the Ring doorbell to what appears to be a cellphone video, Warren can be seen getting off the ground as people near the house ask him to sit down and stay down. Warren continued toward the officer and, outside of the video, three shots can be heard as people near the residence scream and plead with the officer.
“I told you don’t use a gun,” one of them said multiple times in the video, screaming at the police officer.
But it was too late. Warren was shot in the front yard, and later declared dead.
Hours after the video was posted online Wednesday, KPD also verified the deceased man’s name, Patrick Lynn Warren Sr., 52. Social media users described Warren as a local pastor.
KPD also identified the officer involved as Reynaldo Contreras, a five-year veteran of KPD.
“He remains on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation,” KPD said in Wednesday’s 6 p.m. news release.
KPD Chief Charles Kimble also issued a statement in the news release:
“This incident is rightfully of great concern to the community. As Killeen Police Chief, it is my duty to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted so that all parties, including the public, have the answers they seek. There are many more facts in this case that are not publicly available at this time. I assure you that more information will be made available as soon as appropriate, and I ask for your patience as both investigations proceed.”
Kimble’s words came after repeated questions from the Herald to KPD since Tuesday.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting, which is normal protocol for a KPD officer involved shooting.
Melissa Brown, a Killeen city council member, released a statement after seeing the video Wednesday.
“I am coming to the community today with a broken heart over the recent tragedy in our City. Several days ago KPD released a statement regarding an officer involved shooting that resulted in the loss of one of our citizens,” Brown said. “As of this moment, what I can say publicly is that the City Council should be receiving a full briefing on the situation on Tuesday, January 19. After the briefing, I expect that the City will have a more official statement that will be presented to the public.”