Pasadena Police release bodycam video of shooting that left Anthony McClain dead

PASADENA, California — The Pasadena Police Department released dashcam and bodycam video of the deadly officer-involved shooting that left Anthony McClain dead.

According to the department, the fatal shooting happened just before 8pm Saturday on Raymond Avenue and Grandview Street after two officers conducted a traffic stop.

Police said the driver of the vehicle was cooperating with officers when the passenger, identified as 32-year-old Anthony McClain, got out of the vehicle and ran.

At one point, McClain allegedly removed a handgun from the waistband of his pants, police said.

“Fearing for both his and the public’s safety, the officer fired his weapon twice, striking the suspect at least once in the upper torso,” a statement from the department said.

McClain, a father of three, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said a firearm was recovered from the scene, and that McClain was on probation for robbery.

“Unless Mr. McClain had pistols pointing from his back, he should be alive and well and with his children who are behind me right now,” Caree Harper, the family’s attorney, said at a Thursday news conference.

“A bullet shot to the back is rarely, if ever, justified,” Harper said.

Shortly after the videos were released, protesters took to the streets of Pasadena, calling for the names of the officers involved to be made public.

Pasadena police said the shooting was still under investigation by the department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.


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