In a news conference Wednesday, Fresno Police released body camera video of an officer involved shooting that killed 19-year-old Dylan Noble on June 25.
At the start of the news conference, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said it was perhaps the most important news conference he has done in his 15 years as Fresno Police chief.
Dyer began the news conference by offering his condolences to Noble’s family members. Dyer said he had the opportunity to meet with Noble’s family, and said he knows they are going through “an incredible amount of pain.”
In the video, officers were heard ordering Noble to show his hands and get down on the ground. In the video,m Noble is heard saying he “hated his life” and was seen with one of his hands raised.
After that, an officer fired two shots, and Noble was seen falling to the ground, and then rolled over. Dyer said, pointing to the video, that Noble reached underneath his shirt, with his right hand, into the waistband.
Dyer said the officer who fired the first two shots then fired a third shot.
Officers were later heard telling Noble that if he reaches one more time, he will be shot again. Afterwards, Dyer said Noble reached under his shirt for a second time. At that time, Dyer said the second officer, who has not fired a shot, fired a shotgun blast at Noble.
The video ended shortly thereafter.
Dyer then showed a second body cam video, taken from the officer who was armed with a shotgun.
Dyer said there was never any question on whether or not the video will be released. Rather, Dyer said the question was when the video will be released.
Dyer said the time was right to release the video, after considering questions on maintaining the integrity of the ongoing investigation, among other issues. Dyer said Noble’s family was shown the video first, before members of the community had a chance to see it.
Dyer said the video was shown to the Noble family members on July 8, with their attorneys present. Dyer said he also answered questions the family had after the video was shown. Dyer went on to say he originally planned to release the body cam video, shortly after the video was shown to the Noble family. However, the deadly ambush of police officers in Dallas postponed the video’s release, out of concern for officer safety, and out of respect for Dallas police officers.
Dyer said that on July 1, he requested the FBI monitor the investigation, in addition to conducting its own investigation into the incident, for any possible civil rights violations.
In addition, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an investigation, to see if the officers’ actions were lawful. In addition, there is an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation into the incident.
Lawyer Stuart Chandler, who is representing the Noble family, issued the following statement:
We are pleased to discover from the media that Chief Dyer is belatedly providing the body camera footage to the general public this afternoon at 3:30, thereby partially complying with our demand.“
Earlier in the day, Chandler had demanded that the body cam video be released on Wednesday, citing government regulations.
The video’s release comes just a week after cell phone video of the officer-involved shooting was released by a law firm representing Noble’s family.
That video only showed part of what happened, with the crucial seconds leading up to the first shots being fired not seen. That video is shot from behind the wall of the gas station, and the identity of the person who shot the video is unknown.
On Tuesday, a law firm representing the Noble family filed a Claim for Damages with the City of Fresno in connection with the incident.