Five Oklahoma City police officers were charged Wednesday with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy last November.
Officers responding to reports of an attempted armed robbery at an Oklahoma convenience store shot Stavian Rodriguez 13 times on November 23.
During the meeting outside the store, Rodríguez could be seen in surveillance footage obtained by local media dropping his weapon.
He raises his hands and then drops them before they shoot him.
At first, an officer shot and struck Rodríguez with a “less lethal” weapon, police said.
With one hand in the pocket and the other near the waist, five other officers “shoot unnecessarily[d] lethal rounds on Stavian Rodriguez, striking him numerous times and inflicting fatal injuries, ”wrote an investigator for the Oklahoma City District Attorney’s office in an affidavit.
The officers charged are: Bethany Sears, Jared Barton, Corey Adams, John Skuta and Brad Pemberton. They’ve been on administrative leave since the shooting.
The police officer who fired the “least lethal” bullet was not charged.
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