Austin Police fatally shoot unarmed black man with his hands in the air

AUSTIN, Texas – A 42-year-old unarmed black man with his hands in the air was fatally shot by Austin Police last Friday.

The shooting occurred in a parking lot at the Rosemont at Oak Valley apartments. It was filmed by several witnesses. The cell phone video above shows Michael Ramos with his hands up, showing his waist. He is standing on the drivers-side of a car, telling police he is unarmed. 

Police yell commands at Ramos, before Ramos is shot once with a bean bag. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley says the less-lethal weapon was fired by rookie Austin Police Officer Mitchell Pieper.

Ramos then gets into a car and attempts to drive away when another officer, Christopher Taylor shoots him three times with a rifle. Manley confirmed that Taylor was one of two officers who fired a lethal weapon, killing a man experiencing a mental health crisis in downtown Austin in July 2019.