Video surfaces contradicting Arizona Police account of suspected car thief’s fatal shooting

After the shooting death of a suspected car thief two weeks ago, Police in Pinal County, Arizona claimed that the suspect had turned to face them while reaching for a weapon, causing the officers to open fire.

But video taken from a bystander surfaced this week contradicted the police account, showing the suspect with his back turned and his hands in the air just before he was shot.

Manuel Longoria, of Mesa, led police on a 40-minute high-speed chase and only stopped after sheriff’s deputies disabled the tires on the stolen Toyota Corrola. According to witnesses, Longoria told police after he got out of the car that he wouldn’t be taken alive.

Police launched a volley of Tasers and beanbags at him just before he turned around and put his hands in the air. Seconds later, a sheriff’s deputy shot him twice, killing him. There was no weapon found.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said it investigated the shooting and found the officer’s use of lethal force to be justified. The officer who fired the fatal shots returned to duty a week later.

Watch the video below (WARNING: footage contains images some may find disturbing):



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    January 27, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I heard from a cop friend who went to work in this area that the cops their were so brutal and abusive of their authority and of people’s rights that he immediately left. Every one of these cops who played a part in this coverup should be charged and put on trial for accessory to murder. All of them. The ones there that day, the ones who “investigated” the case and any superior that protected this cop over the people with they had sworn to protect. Yes the man killed was a car thief bit that isn’t the point. These cops are sworn to uphold the law as law in forcemeat officers. What they did was take the law into their own hands as judge, jury and executioners. That is not legal either. That is not what they swore to do. And if these cops take the law into their own hands with this man, they could do it to anyone, over anything. They could do it to you whether guilty of something or not. Rabid dogs need to be put down. Rabid cops need to be put away!

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    Satina Pavia

    January 27, 2014 at 7:18 am

    The Feds should be brought in on the cop who murdered this man AND the department which did the investigation and said shooting a man in the back while his hands are up is justifiable. Fire them, and imprison the shooter.

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    Romeo Greene

    January 27, 2014 at 7:52 am

    🙁 teary eyed its not fair 🙁 this could be me 🙁

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    January 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I’m as outraged as the next person about rambo cops BUT… in this case he was trying to get into the car or something and they shot. When he put his hands up it was too late, he had already done something to initiate the shooting.

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    Faith Scrimger

    January 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

    There are days when, reading about one more new unjustified murder by a cop and also reading their superiors found it “justified”, that I fantasize about taking one out for every one they kill… and leaving a note near the body stating just that. Murder a civilian, expect one of your own to follow.
    Fantasy… but I wouldn’t shed a single tear if it happened.

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    January 29, 2014 at 1:18 am

    uhhh – he stole a frickin’ car – Hell if he was to still my car and I had a gun on me I’d shoot his dumb ass too. Maybe a little more shooting would reduce the car thefts………………just sayin’

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    January 29, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Looked to me like he was trying to get back in his car – the same one he had just ran from police in. And God only knows what he might have had in that car for a weapon. I’d have shot him too, if that was the case.

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    March 27, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Clearly he was reaching for the invisible shotgun above his head so they had to kill him.

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    November 6, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Are you stupid! He obviously had no gun and if you watch the video it was quite obvious as soon as they fired the beanbags he put his hands in the air, a few seconds after he was shot dead, the shooter was aware he had his hands up when the shots were fired. Watch the video before having an opinion on this.
    Your mentality is the reason there is a huge problem with police brutality in the US.

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