RALEIGH, North Carolina – Bodycam footage revealed Javier Torres, the man hospitalized in an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday night, was armed when he was shot.
Torres, 26, was shot by police once in the abdomen Tuesday around 6:45pm on N. Rogers Lane near the Edgewater Place shopping center.
Raleigh police released the video to clear up any ambiguities about whether or not Torres was armed.
The anger on the scene of the shooting that boiled over into the streets of downtown Raleigh was fueled by viral misinformation on social media. Witnesses on Facebook Live claimed Torres was a 15 or 16-year-old child, shot in the back, carrying only a pizza box — not who police later confirmed was a 26-year old man with a pizza, a firearm, who was shot in the stomach while brandishing the weapon at an officer.
Officers were responding to a report of a man with a gun. A released 911 call reveals a caller was concerned about an armed man making threats.
Dashcam footage showed Torres ran when officers arrived and a chase ensued. Torres was carrying a pizza box and had a gun in his waistband
An officer chasing Torres repeatedly ordered him to drop his gun.
As Torres ran from the sidewalk and into a grassy area between mobile homes, he appears to be unaware that a second police officer was waiting ahead of him.
Torres was running with the firearm in his right hand when he came face-to-face with the officer and was shot in the abdomen.
As he went down, he lost the gun. As police handcuffed him, Torres yelled repeatedly that he was unarmed. Police found the weapon nearby, lying in the grass by an air-conditioning unit, video shows.
Torres was shot once in the abdomen. Police rendered first aid until EMS arrived and took him to WakeMed, where he is recovering and faces multiple charges.