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Police have released a second video of the August shooting death of Gilbert Flores by two Bexar County sheriff’s deputies, which was caught on video, and which shows Flores raising his hands in apparent surrender. On Wednesday, a grand jury declined to indict the officers involved.
Gilbert Flores, 41, was shot and killed on August 28th. The first video, filmed at some distance, emerged a few days later. In it, Flores appears to raise his hands as the two officers, Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez, approach. One of his hands, however, is obscured by a utility pole.
After the grand jury declined to indict Vasquez and Sanchez last week, Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood told reporters, “This one was, I felt and my colleagues felt, was not clear cut, that it should be presented to a grand jury.”
“And it was,” LaHood said. “And we presented everything.”
On Wednesday, however, the second video had not yet been made public, NBC News reports. “We believe that Mr. Flores had a knife in his hand, and that video will help us have a better idea of exactly what he had in his hand,” Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said.
“There’s no doubt that what’s shown in that video is of great concern to all of us,” Pamerleau continued. “But we also want to get this right.”
“My son has gone crazy and he beat up his wife and she’s bleeding,” Flores’ wife said to the dispatcher.
“He tore up the marriage license and everything. He’s breaking everything in the room. And he’s got a knife. He’s got a knife!”
Periodically, you can hear Gilbert Flores yelling in the background of the phone call.
“What the—you’re going to have to kill me. You’re going to have to kill me. It’s my time to go,” he said.
About 30 seconds later, he said he’s armed and ready to confront law enforcement.
“I got a knife and I’m gonna suicide by cop. So if you bring a SWAT team or whoever, gonna get ready to pull the trigger because I’m going to die today,” Flores said.
His mother tells the dispatcher Gilbert hit his wife and his newborn baby.
“She has a black eye. The baby,” the mother said.
The dispatcher stays on the line, waiting for deputies to respond.
“What is your son’s name?” the dispatcher asked.
“Gilbert,” the mother responded.
“It’s Gilbert Flores. TDC #119929. I’m on parole. I’m not going back to prison. I’m going to die today. You better get ready to pull the trigger,” Gilbert said.
The Flores family have filed a lawsuit against the deputies and the sheriff’s office. On Wednesday, before the second video was public, Thomas Henry, a lawyer for the family, said, “When you put your hands up in this country, I believe most people think that you’re giving up and you’re no longer a threat.”