Family of man fatally shot by Texas officer call for arrest

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BELTON Texas (AP) – Family members of a black man shot dead by a Killeen, Texas police officer who was responding to a mental health call, demand that the officer be arrested and charged over the shooting.

Patrick Lynn Warren, 52, was gunned down on Sunday by Constable Reynaldo Contreras, who was responding to what was called a psychiatric call, police said.

Lee Merritt, an attorney for Warren’s family, said Thursday that Warren was in the midst of a “mental health crisis” and the man had voluntarily gone to hospital with another Killeen officer the day before. of the shooting. He returned home and later developed manic symptoms, which prompted the Sunday appeal.

“Instead of that same resource officer who had helped before, they sent Reynaldo Contreras,” Merritt said. “The officer was behaving hostile and not ready to deal with a mental health crisis… (the incident) continued to escalate. (Warren) had the right to refuse the services of this law enforcement officer.

Contreras is on paid leave pending an investigation into the Texas Ranger shooting, according to Police Chief Charles Kimble. The officer’s race had not been disclosed by authorities.

The chief said in a statement that he understood the community’s concern and that more information was to come.

“There are many more facts in this case that are not publicly available at the moment. I assure you that more information will be available as soon as possible, and I ask you to be patient as the two investigations continue, ”Kimble said.

Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza told the Killeen Daily Herald he is awaiting the results of the Rangers investigation.

“They are conducting a full investigation into the facts and circumstances of this shooting involving an officer,” Garza said. “As has been our practice and procedure, we await the conclusion of the investigation and proceed accordingly.”

Warren’s wife Bobbie Warren said in a statement Contreras should already be in custody.

“We expect Agent Reynaldo Contreras will be arrested immediately. The Killeen Police Department, Texas Rangers or Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza have more than enough probable reason to issue a warrant for the immediate arrest and detention of Contreras, ”said Bobbie Warren.

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