Family of teen shot by police holds vigil

Family of teen shot by police holds vigil

FRESNO, Calif. - Family and friends are standing by a teen barely alive after police shot him Saturday afternoon near Shaw & Fresno.

Family identified the teen as Isiah Murrietta. They said there were about 50 to 60 people who gathered for a candlelight vigil outside of Community Regional Medical Center Sunday evening where the 16-year-old remains on life support.

Police pulled over Murrietta Saturday near Fresno and Shaw when they said he ran away. When an officer confronted Murrietta, police said he reached in his waistband, so the officer shot him in the upperbody.

Police said Murrietta and his 17-year-old brother Israel Murrietta were wanted in connection to a murder from Friday. 

"My grandson didn't have a chance," said the teen's grandfather, "Israel." "He had no gun on him. No weapons."

"He was an outstanding kid," said Israel. "He's like any other kid, not perfect. Everyone messes up."

"That's my grandson and I love him. My wife is in the hospital right now, breaking down, my daughter is with him right now, my son-in-law is up there right now," said Israel.

Israel said police arrested the 17-year-old brother Saturday night at the hospital but police have not confirmed that. 

Police said the surveillance video of the entire shooting matches their officers' statements. 

"Based on watching the video, you can clearly see that the individual reached down to his waistband with one of his hands and turned back toward the officer very quickly," said Fresno Police Chief, Jerry Dyer. "He was probably 15 to 20 feet away from the officer at that point. The officer's initial statement was that he was fearful that this individual was about ready to turn and fire the weapon at him, which prompted him to fire one round."

 


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