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Video: Police fire 76 shots during ‘alarming and irresponsible’ car chase in Anaheim

Steven Adams
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An image from a body camera video shows an Anaheim police officer shooting at a fleeing suspect through his cruiser’s windshield while driving.

Body camera videos released Wednesday show two police officers shooting at a suspect during a high-speed chase through a residential California neighborhood.

The district attorney’s office called the officers’ actions “alarming and irresponsible” in a letter that accompanied the release of the videos, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The dramatic, six-minute video shows two Anaheim police officers firing 76 shots, at least nine of which struck Eliuth Penaloza Nava, 50, suspected of brandishing a gun while high on drugs. The event occurred in July, 2018.

Many of the officers’ shots were fired through the windshield of the police cruiser as Officer Kevin Pedersen and Officer Sean Staymates pursued Nava.

“The fact that the two involved officers discharged their weapons 76 times, from a moving patrol car at Nava’s moving car, at approximately 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, in a residential neighborhood where residents, including children, were home and on the streets, was alarming and irresponsible based on the totality of all the circumstances in this specific case,” the prosecutors’ report stated, according to the Los Angeles Times.

One of the officers has been fired and the other faces potential internal discipline, according to the Los Angeles Times. No charges have been filed against the officers.

Read more details at The Los Angeles Times.

Steven Adams is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Steven at 412-380-5645 or [email protected].

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