Sacramento police released chilling videos that show the moment an unarmed man suspected of breaking three car windows was gunned down in his own backyard by two cops.
Stephan Clark, 23, was killed in the backyard of his grandparents’ home on Sunday after two police officers responding to a 911 call thought he was armed with a gun.
But Clark was only found with a cell phone, and body cam videos show the moment one officer screams, “Show me your hands! Gun! Gun! Gun!” just moments before they unleashed a torrent of 20 bullets.
Clark’s death has sparked an outpouring of anger, while his grandmother Sequita Thompson told the Sacramento Bee, “He was at the wrong place at the wrong time in his own backyard? C’mon now, they didn’t have to do that.”
Police received reports of a man breaking into a vehicle on Sunday evening, and deputies perched in a helicopter reportedly saw the suspect breaking the glass door of an unoccupied home.
In the aerial footage captured from the helicopter, Clark can be seen jumping a fence into the backyard of his grandparents’ home while two police officers approach from the front driveway.
Body cam videos show the cops running through the neighborhood, ordering him to stop and show his hands as they close in on Clark in the backyard.
The officers take refuge behind the corner of a house before one shouts, “Show me your hands! Gun!”
About four seconds later, the officer yells, “Show me your hands! Gun! Gun! Gun!” before the two fire 20 bullets in the span of two seconds.
One cop later tells a backup police officer, “He was still pointing [a gun] when I saw him again.”
But the Sacramento Police Department said, “After an exhaustive search, scene investigators did not locate any firearms. The only item found near the suspect was a cell phone.”
The two unidentified police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg issued a statement on Tuesday calling Clark’s death “tragic.”
But he added, “I viewed the videos carefully. Based on the videos alone, I cannot second guess the split-second decisions of our officers and I’m not going to do that.”
Clark’s aunt said, “As soon as they did the command, they started shooting. They said, ‘Put your hands up, gun’ and they just let loose on my nephew,” she told the Sacramento Bee.
“They didn’t give him a chance to put his hands up or anything, and then when they shot him down, they knew they messed up.”