Body camera videos released Tuesday show a 21-year-old Black man moving inside a parked car, apparently sitting up from a reclining position, moments before police shot and killed him outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Maryland.
At a media briefing, Montgomery County police Chief Marcus Jones narrated a 28-minute-long compilation of bodycam video excerpts and a recorded phone call between police and the driver, Ryan LeRoux, before the July 16 shooting in Gaithersburg. But the chief didn’t express any opinion about whether the Friday night shooting was justified.
Jones, who didn’t take any questions from reporters, said police recovered a gun from LeRoux’s lap after four officers opened fire on him. The chief didn’t say whether investigators believe LeRoux raised a weapon or posed a threat to police during a standoff that lasted approximately 30 minutes.
Later Tuesday, LeRoux’s mother told reporters that her son was depressed, had lost his job and girlfriend, and was grieving the death of his grandmother last month. Rhonda LeRoux also said her son was living out of his car and had legally purchased a gun to protect himself.
“I wouldn’t wish this pain on any parent,” she said.
Rhonda LeRoux said the “handpicked” videos shown by police don’t show her son raising his hand with a gun or pointing it at officers.
“Ryan was sitting inside his car for over an hour. Clearly, the Montgomery County police failed to deescalate the situation,” she said. “Their way of resolving this situation was just to unload a barrage of 24 bullets into him while he’s sitting in his car.”
Police haven’t specified how many shots were fired by the officers.
Jones showed segments of videos that captured the shooting from the perspective of an officer’s body camera and a body camera that officers had placed in a drive-thru window closer to LeRoux’s sport utility vehicle.
“Their cameras do not replace the human eye and what the officers saw that evening,” Jones said.
An officer responded to a trespassing call that LeRoux had ordered food , refused to pay for it and wouldn’t move his SUV from the drive-thru lane, according to police. The officer immediately radioed that he saw a gun on the front passenger seat and repeatedly ordered LeRoux at gunpoint to raise his hands and slowly unlock one of his doors with his left hand.
“He’s awake, but he’s not listening to my commands,” the officer said over his radio. “He’s got his hands on his phone. The gun is on the passenger seat. Get cover!”
Officers taking cover behind a shield approached LeRoux’s SUV and placed “stop sticks” in front of the vehicle. Police placed the camera in the drive-thru window to get a better vantage point of the gun in his car, Jones said.
A woman from the police department’s emergency command center spoke to LeRoux over his cellphone. LeRoux said he saw the officers and complied with their commands to raise his hands.
“I can hear them just fine,” he said.
“We’re just trying to help you here,” the woman told LeRoux, asking him to extend his hands out a window.
Jones said the officers didn’t see LeRoux’s hands up or out the window.
A police sergeant later called LeRoux.
“What’s going on, man?” the sergeant asked. “Hello? He just hung up on me.”
The video from the drive-thru window shows LeRoux sit up from a reclining position moments before gunfire erupted, shattering the window.
“He’s up!” at least two officers shouted just before the shooting.
A crisis negotiator was en route to the scene but didn’t arrive before the shooting, Jones said.
LeRoux died at a hospital. A loaded Glock 47 was recovered from the scene, according to the chief.
The four officers involved were placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure after a shooting. All four officers are white, and LeRoux was Black, police department spokeswoman Shiera Goff said.
“The continued killing and murder of young Black men in this county has to stop. It’s unacceptable,” said Racial Justice Now co-founder Zakiya Sankara-Jabar.
Her Montgomery County-based group belongs to the grassroots Silver Spring Justice Coalition, formed after a Montgomery County police officer fatally shot Robert White, an unarmed Black man, in June 2018. Prosecutors cleared the officer who shot White, saying bodycam footage shows White assaulting the officer.
Sankara-Jabar said the coalition is calling for the police chief’s resignation.
“It seems to me that this chief does not have control of this department at all,” she said. “He continues to make excuses for these officers under his leadership.”
The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office will review LeRoux’s shooting under an agreement with its counterpart in neighboring Montgomery County.
Mom helped bury son in Colorado wilderness after stepdad killed him
It took hours of searching in the Colorado wilderness but eventually Nickolle Aguilar, 26, led investigators to the spot.
Down a deep ravine near Rocky Mountain State Park, close to a campsite where she and her boyfriend, Daniel Garcia, had camped out nearly a month before, laid the body of her young son, according to details in an arrest warrant written Friday.
Aguilar and Garcia brought his body with them to Colorado, packed with the rest of their luggage, traveling miles and miles from the San Antonio, Texas, hotel where police say he died after a beating from Garcia.
The couple buried him there on July 25, then fled to Costa Rica, investigators say. But on August 25, Aguilar was back at the site with police, to “do the right thing,” the document says.
A month had passed since his unceremonious burial. Nature and the elements had opened up the grave, according to the warrant, but Aguilar remembered the location, recognized her son’s clothes — the same outfit he died in.
Subscribe for unlimited access to our website, app, eEdition and more
Domenic Aguilar-Acevedo, 5, had been beaten by his stepfather many times, his mother told investigators, and in the three weeks since arriving in San Antonio the abuse was “extensive.”
Aguilar didn’t try to stop it, she told police. She was “too eager to be in a relationship with a man,” the document says.
On the night of July 24, Garcia struck Domenic so hard he was “thrown” into a hotel room wall by the force of the blow, “bounced off” and hit the ground, the document says. He was in pain, his mother recounted, and began “vomiting a black and brown liquid substance.”
Soon after, hotel surveillance cameras captured Garcia “carrying what appeared to be (his) lifeless body … out of the room and down the stairway,” according to documents.
In a few hours Garcia and Aguilar were in Colorado, burying her boy.
Aguilar said she didn’t contact any authorities out of fear she would lose custody of her other children, investigators reported.
DOWN IN COSTA RICA
Unable to see or speak to any of her grandchildren, Aguilar’s mother became concerned. So concerned, police say, that she “tracked” her daughter down in Costa Rica and paid her a visit around August 16. But when she arrived, Domenic was missing.
Where was her grandson?
Aguilar told her Domenic suddenly fell ill, started vomiting and passed away unexpectedly. She and Garcia didn’t notify any authorities, Aguilar said, explaining that they buried him in a “remote location” in Colorado, then drove south past the Mexican border until they arrived in Costa Rica.
The grandmother contacted the San Antonio Police Department and the FBI. An FBI agent spoke with Aguilar in Costa Rica, and she shared the same story she told her mother, but also admitted that neither she nor Garcia sought medical help for her son when he was sick, the documents state.
Later, in an interview with police, Aguilar said that Garcia abused her son, and that he was beating him in the moments before his death.
In an arrest warrant, investigators allege that Garcia caused Domenic’s death, that Aguilar failed to seek medical attention for him and assisted in disposing of his body.
Authorities are awaiting autopsy results from the Larimer County Medical Examiner’s office in Colorado, but say that the remains show evidence of trauma.
Aguilar and Garcia are facing charges of injury to a child.
Las Vegas Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash Near Eastern, Harmon
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department investigated a fatal crash involving a motorcycle Thursday afternoon.
According to police, the crash occurred near the intersection of South Eastern and East Harmon avenues around 1:07 p.m..
A 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle going northbound on Eastern collided with a 2015 Toyota Camry making a left turn, police said.
The motorcyclist was taken to Sunrise Hospital, but later died, police said.
The driver of the Toyota Camry remained on scene, and showed no signs of impairment, according police.
Thursday’s crash was the 97 traffic-related fatality in Las Vegas Metropolitan Police’s jurisdiction in 2021.
The crash is still being investigated by LVMPD’s Collision Investigation Section
Father Accused Of Shooting His 2-Year-Old Son, North Las Vegas Police Say
AS VEGAS (FOX5) — A man is accused of shooting his two-year-old son on Tuesday, according to North Las Vegas Police.
Devon Lewis faces a child abuse and neglect charge, according to NLVPD and court records, in connection with the shooting on Sept. 14.
NLVPD said around 1:30 p.m. that day, police were sent to North Vista Hospital in reference to a 2-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound. The child was taken to University Medical Center, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit. NLVPD said the boy had critical injuries but was stable.
The shooting reportedly took place at an apartment in the 3300 block of Civic Center Drive, north of Cheyenne Avenue. NLVPD said Lewis, the boy’s father, was arrested in connection with the shooting.
According to court records, Lewis’ next court hearing was set for Sept. 30.
- Crime & Tragedy1 week ago
Man who raped and killed Britain’s worst pedophile Richard Huckle wanted him to ‘feel what those children felt’
- Family11 months ago
Angola: Mother on deathbed says 12-year-old son is offspring of human-chimpanzee love affair
- Crime7 months ago
BURGLAR SUES HOMEOWNER AFTER BEING RAPED BY GERMAN SHEPHERDS WHILE STUCK IN HOUSE’S PET DOOR
- Life1 week ago
‘Unmasked, unmuzzled, unvaccainated’ mother-of-four dies of COVID
- Crime & Tragedy2 weeks ago
Madeleine McCann: Christian Brueckner’s ex says he abused her 5-year-old daughter and took photos during act
- Crime & Tragedy2 months ago
Who was Gloria Satterfield? Murdaugh murders linked to family housekeeper’s death
- Majestic11 months ago
23-Year Old Mother Made History With A Birth That Only Happens Every 480 Years
- wsn1 month ago
Bachelor Party Hikers Saw Angela Tramonte And Police Officer Date Before She Was Found Dead: ‘It Did Not Appear To Be Amicable’