Ex-Officer James Brennand is charged with the shooting death of a teenager

17-year-old Erik Cantu was shot multiple times and is in critical condition as of Wednesday.

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Police Department on Wednesday gave more information on the charges against a former officer who was seen on video shooting a teenager in a McDonald’s parking lot.

Video from Oct. 2 shows former police officer James Brennand opening the driver’s door and ordering the teenager out of the car. The car backed up and within seconds the officer fired five shots into the car at point-blank range while the teenager ate.

As the car drove away, the officer fired five more shots. Erik Cantu, 17, was hit multiple times and remains in critical condition. He was also a passenger in the car, which is why Brennand was charged with two counts of aggravated assault by an officer.

SAPD said Wednesday that the fact that charges are filed does not conclude the investigation. In a statement, police said the Civil Rights Division will fully review the case once the investigation is complete and will take any action determined by the findings.

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Rights to submit the case to a grand jury. No date has been set yet.

Additionally, the San Antonio Police Officers Association said Brennand has not completed a one-year probationary period with the department and is therefore not eligible for benefits. SAPOA does not represent Brennand. The organization released a statement, which said in part:

“This is currently an open case; we are confident that our department conducted a thorough and formal investigation. We will refrain from further comment pending the conclusion of the court case.”

Meanwhile, Cantu’s attorney provided an update Wednesday that he remains on life support and is unresponsive.

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Laura Coffey

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