On Monday (October 10th), police in Midland Texas shot and killed Native American Kheyanev Littledog, who had been stopped along with another unnamed man, whose presence had not been mentioned in previous coverage of the shooting, while they were walking down the road. Now dash camera video of that shooting has been released.
While the video doesn’t clearly show Littledog in possession of a gun, it does pretty clearly show him reaching toward his waist. However, the second man was reportedly released later without any charges, which brings into question why they were stopped in the first place.
Via the Youtube description of the video:
The Midland Police Department has released video taken from the dashboard camera of one of the officers involved in Monday night’s deadly shooting. In a statement, the Midland Police Department said they released the video because they understand “the importance of community relations in regard to officer-involved shootings.” The released video shows Kheyanev Littledog, 19, on the right in a gray shirt, as well as an acquaintance of his in a blue shirt. The acquaintance was not found to have committed any crime and was released from the scene.
Back on Monday night, officers were called out to the intersection of Terrell St. and Industrial Ave. in Midland in reference to a check person. That’s when, police said, they saw Littledog, 19, with a handgun in his waistband. Police said the footage and witness statements during the investigation revealed that Littledog was reaching for the gun when he was shot by two officers. Littledog was taken to the hospital where he later died. We’re told that Littledog was also in possession of a second firearm in his backpack at the time of the shooting and he wasn’t licensed to carry a firearm.
Via the Midland Reporter-Telegram:
The city of Midland has delivered a video account of the police-involved shooting that took place Monday evening…
Midlander Kheyanev Littledog, 19, was shot by two officers after he reached for a gun in his waistband when confronted by the officers, according to a press release from the city.
During the investigation, officers found that Littledog had a second firearm in his backpack at the time of the shooting. He was not licensed to carry a firearm, according to the release.
The officers, Aaron Renz, 26, and Aaron Trevino, 31, have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal review. Renz is a patrol officer with one year and 10 months at MPD, and Trevino is a K-9 officer who has served the department for seven years and 10 months.