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CONUS Archive
300190
Shootout Showdown - 2007
AUSTIN, TEXAS
DASHCAM
4-22-2007
56:56
4:30
A same as clip #325167
DAYTIME COLOR DASHCAM, DASHCAM PULLS UP BEHIND TWO MEN AT THEIR CAR, ONE MAN IN BLACK TANK TOP STARTS BRISKLY WALKING AWAY, OFFICER SHOUTS “FREEZE! FREEZE!” THE MAN THAT STAYED LAYS ON THE GROUND LIKE HE IS TOLD, WE HEAR AND OFFICER CALL IN THE INDIVIDUAL WHO TOOK OFF, AN OFFICER IS SHOUTING AT SOMEONE TO GET ON THE GROUND, WE SEE THE MAN IN THE BLACK TANK TOP CASUALLY WALKING AROUND A CAR NOT LISTENING TO THE OFFICER, OFFICER SHOUTS “GET ON THE GROUND! PUT DOWN THE GUN!” IMMEDIATELY WE HEAR GUN SHOTS FIRED, THE MEN ON THE GROUND SCRAMBLE TO TAKE COVER, DASHCAM BACKS UP, “SHOTS FIRED, SHOTS FIRED!” THE MAN IN BLACK COMES OUT FROM COVER SHOOTING AT THE DASHCAM, WE SEE ANOTHER COP CAR ARRIVE UP AHEAD AND THE OFFICERS INFORM THE CAR HE IS IN THE LINE OF FIRE, OFFICER GETS OUT OF CAR WITH RIFLE, OFFICER SHOUTING AT RESIDENTS TO “GET OUT OF HERE!”
Dashcam video of a shoot out between Austin police and a man on trial for trying to kill that officer, was released. Jerel Lamar is standing trial for attempted capital murder. The dashcam shows Sgt. Michael Barger pulling up to a disturbance call in East Austin April 22nd, 2007. Neighbors called police after Lamar and his brother had been fighting. The video shows Lamar ignoring Barger's commands to drop the gun he is holding and to get to the ground. Lamar is seen firing shots at Barger. Barger fires back, gets in his patrol car and drives off backwards. Lamar continues to fire at the officer. Despite what this video shows, Lamar's family told FOX 7 News exclusively that it doesn't show everything. Cynthia Lamar says her son, "was suicidal, he wanted the officers to kill him, and that was it. He was not in his right state of mind, we had death in our family. He had lost an uncle the day before." J.A. Andre told police his brother said he had planned to shoot it out with police, to kill innocent people, and was going to make the mass murder at virginia tech look like a walk in the park. Lamar says, "my brother was very frustrated with life. He wanted to end his life, he didn't think it was worth living and he said some things that i feel, out of frustration." After the shoot out, Lamar barricaded himself at his girlfriend's home and held her hostage. APD's SWAT team was called. Officer Jeff Dwyer, who is a sniper, responded that day. "Aany type of noise we made outside the house, he'd fire a round," Dwyer said. "He fired multiple rounds. The window I was standing near I had debris coming in the house through the window. It wasn't a bullet but it was tile from the roof so that adds so that kind of makes it a little bit more nervous." The call out lasted about 17 hours. Sgt Dave Austin says such a long standoff presents challenges. "The worst case scenario he can get himself hurt or get somebody else hurt if its a hostage situation, if people are relying on you, you're their last resort. That officer's participation and focus what the job at hand can be critical," said Austin. Despite putting so many lives at risk that day, the Lamar family says Jerel needs help and not prison time. If convicted, Lamar faces up to life in prison. Closing arguments are expected Thursday.
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