A video has been released by civil rights attorney Lee Merritt that shows the moments leading up to the officer involved shooting in Killeen Sunday that led to the death of a Killeen man.
Merritt also released the name of the deceased man, Patrick Warren Sr., in a tweet that included the video.
“He was suffering a mental health crisis and simply needed help. Instead he was shot three times in his chest and tased,” Merritt said in the tweet.
The KPD officer was responding to a psychiatric call at the time of the shooting.
He has also called for the immediate arrest of the officer involved.
Merritt is the same attorney who represented the family of Michael Dean who was shot and killed in 2019 by former officer Carmen DeCruz in Temple.
The Killeen Police Department published a news release on the incident on Monday saying the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, the identity of the officer is unknown at this time. The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting, which is normal protocol for KPD officer involved shooting.
Melissa Brown, a Killeen City Council member, released a statement after seeing the video Wednesday.
“I am coming to the community today with a broken heart over the recent tragedy in our City. Several days ago KPD released a statement regarding an officer involved shooting that resulted in the loss of one of our citizens,” Brown said. “As of this moment, what I can say publicly is that the City Council should be receiving a full briefing on the situation on Tuesday, January 19. After the briefing, I expect that the City will have a more official statement that will be presented to the public.”