Stockton Police release bodycam video after officers shoot teen

Police have not confirmed the teen’s relation to the gunshots heard by officers prompting them to open fire.

STOCKTON, Calif. — The Stockton Police Department has released video showing a March officer-involved shooting that injured a 19-year-old man.

Two uniformed officers were working a disturbance call in the 500 block of Bianchi Road around 10:30 pm March 12 when they reportedly heard multiple gunshots, Stockton Police said in a video statement released by the department.

Officers believed the gunshots came from someone inside of or near a black Chrysler, according to the video. After hearing the gunshots, both officers can be seen in bodycam videos returning fire.

Audio from one of the officer’s bodycam starts after a black sedan can be seen turning from Bianchi Road to Calandria Street, in sight of the officers. Roughly ten seconds later, one of the officers begins shooting toward the sedan, firing more than a dozen bullets, the video shows.

The officer then walks downstairs from the second story of an apartment complex where he was standing to advise the residents on the ground to “get inside of the house” and “get down.”

Video of the same incident from a second officer on the ground shows the second officer opening fire, appearing to start after the first officer opened fire.

The bodycam videos do not clearly show where the black sedan travels immediately after officers open fire although 26 seconds after gunfire stops, the sedan can be seen going northbound on Calandria Street back towards Bianchi Road.

The briefing portion of the video claims that the Chrysler, which the officers say they were shooting towards, drove off.

Partly blurred video from the bodycam of a responding officer who arrived two minutes after the gunshots stopped shows a person on the ground in front of the apartment complex where the officers were located, surrounded by a small group of four uniformed officers.

In the video, police identify the person laying on the ground as the person who was shot by office, identified by name in the video as 19-year-old Sam Barlow.

Police say Barlow was taken to an area hospital in critical but stable condition. A forensic examination of the bullet removed from Barlow’s body at the hospital found that it was fired by one of the police officers, according to police.

Barlow was later released from the hospital and the black Chrysler was found unoccupied three blocks away from the scene, according to police.

Officials say a loaded rifle was found inside of the Chrysler, which was later confirmed to be Barlow’s. A loaded gun magazine was also reportedly found on Barlow.

The officers opened fire after hearing gunshots, according to police. But, police would not confirm whether they believe Barlow is the person who opened fire. They also are unable to say whether they identified the person who drove the Chrysler away from the scene after shots rang out.

Police have also not confirmed how many gunshots were fired by officers saying that the investigation is still active.

The Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Department of Justice are involved in the investigation.

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