Chandler police release body-cam video of officer shooting teen in back

Mar 4, 2021, 11:00 AM | Updated: May 26, 2022, 1:15 pm
(Screenshot/Chandler Police Department Video)...
(Screenshot/Chandler Police Department Video)
(Screenshot/Chandler Police Department Video)

PHOENIX – The Chandler Police Department released five minutes of body-cam footage Wednesday of the fatal shooting of an armed teenage boy from behind.

Video from the Jan. 2 confrontation showed Anthony Cano, 17, running, then reaching down to the ground as Officer Chase Bebak-Miller reported, “Weapon drawn.” Next, he called for the young man to get on the ground at Gazelle Meadows Park, then fired.

(Warning: graphic violence) Footage showed Cano as he was was struck by a bullet in the back and fell facedown; Bebak-Miller moved closer and fired again.

He tells Cano, who had originally been stopped for a traffic violation while riding a bicycle, to put his hands behind his back, but the reply is, “I can’t … help me.”

The teen slowly complies with the directive and as sirens approach, he says, “Hurry … hurry. I don’t want to die.”

Other officers arrived, cuffed Cano and began first aid procedures. Cano told them he couldn’t feel his legs and said he had been trying to throw away the gun.

“I thought you were pulling it on me, man. That was stupid,” Bebak-Miller said.

Sgt. Jason McClimans said all the footage recorded on the camera was in the video.

Cano died of his injuries three weeks later.

Police said Cano had been riding near Erie and Delware streets when officers tried to pull him over around 9:30 p.m. He took off but Bebak-Miller followed him in a patrol unit down an alley.

The teen eventually got off the bike and ran, with the five-year officer in pursuit, also on foot.

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Chandler police release body-cam video of officer shooting teen in back