Noble’s case made national headlines.
Noble, 19, was shot and killed during a traffic stop by Fresno police officers. The body cam footage helped tell the story of what transpired during that traffic stop.
On June 25, 2016 Fresno Police received a call about a person armed with a rifle or a shotgun, in the area of Clinton and Clovis avenues. When officers responded, they came across Noble, who was seen on a police dashcam peeling out in front of the officers. Officers pursued him and stopped at a nearby Chevron gas station.
Footage released from a bystander
On July 6, a video that captured
part of the deadly shooting was released by a law firm representing Noble's family. The video from a bystander only showed part of what happened, with the crucial seconds leading up to the first shots being fired not seen.
The video was also released
on the day the family held a private memorial service for Noble. It was shot from behind the wall of the gas station.
On the video, officers can be heard shouting commands at Noble, who was on the ground. Then a shot was heard along with more shouting as officers still had their guns drawn.
Then another shot. Four shots in total between the two officers.
Noble can be heard in the video saying, "I've been shot."
The video caused another uproar of unrest.
After showing the footage to Noble's family, Dyer released the officer's body cam footage to the public.
Still from released police body cam footage of the Dylan Noble case
"The officer was giving commands to [Noble] to show his hands not knowing whether or not he was the person that was called, the individual would not show his right hand," Dyer said. "Then he started rapidly walking towards the officers and made a comment, 'I hate my life,' and then pulled his hand quickly, and that's when the officer fired," Dyer said.
Noble did, in fact, act in the way that Dyer described. And the toxicology report from Noble's autopsy showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.12, which is above the legal limit. He also had a trace element of a chemical often associated with cocaine use.
The release of the body camera video quelled some of the unrest. But attorneys for Noble's family questioned whether every shot fired by police was necessary.
On Dec. 9, 2016, Dyer held a press conference
and announced the findings of the review of the case. The Fresno County District Attorney’s office would not file charges, and Dyer said his officers acted within the law.
"As the police chief, I hold our officers to a higher standard"
According to Dyer, a frame by frame review of the officer's body cam footage revealed that after being shot, Noble made moves which made the officers fear for their lives causing them to open fire, but what caused anger and outcry from the community was the fourth and final shot. Noble had been lying on his back for 14 seconds after the previous three shots when an officer fired his shotgun.
"As the police chief, I hold our officers to a higher standard. As such, I have determined that the officer who fired the fourth and final round did not use the appropriate tactics in addressing the threat presented by Dylan Noble during that 14-second period between the third and fourth gunshots," Dyer said.
He did not publicly say what corrective measures were taken against the officer but assured that the officer would be held accountable, and the entire department will undergo more training and said their policies will be modified.