APD releases body cam footage from Nov. 15 fatal officer-involved shooting in South Austin
0:00 - 911 Call
6:15 - Radio Traffic
7:34 - Ring Camera
9:35 - Officer Sanchez
11:15 - Officer Markert
12:56 - Officer Brito
The Austin Police Department has released the body-worn cam footage related to the deadly November 15 officer-involved shooting in South Austin.
The incident occurred at 2216 South 3rd Street, near Fletcher Street and north of West Oltorf, just before 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15.
“There’s a guy on the left side of the duplex. [He] approached me earlier today saying that he saw two suspicious people earlier," a recording of the 9-1-1 call to Austin Police letting them know about a man, who they say, appeared to be paranoid and pacing outside his home holding a rifle.
According to APD, that man was identified as 33-year-old Rajan David Moonesinghe.
“He’s standing in the doorway of his house. Yup, you want this?" can be heard in the body cam footage.
In the video, you can hear Moonesinghe seemingly talking to someone and pointing the rifle inside his home. He then fires a shot.
“Oh, he just fired," says an officer.
Right at this moment, you can see Austin Police pulling up to the scene.
"Drop the gun," an officer is heard giving commands.
Immediately after the command, an officer fires his gun, hitting Moonesinghe. APD says the officer who discharged his firearm is 2-year veteran Officer Daniel Sanchez.
"It wasn't me. ****," Moonsinghe is heard in the Ring camera.
"Suspects down. Hands are up," an officer says.
Police then approach Moonsinghe while another officer, Stephen Merkert, checks to see if anyone was inside the home.
"Police! Is anyone in here," Merkert yells out. No one was found inside.
The officers then approached Moonesinghe, who was on the porch of the home, and immediately began CPR.
Moonesinghe was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. No officers sustained injuries.