Fresno, California: Disturbing video was released shows a Fresno cop fatally shooting 16-year-old Isiah Murrietta-Golding as the teenager ran away from police back in April 2017.
Shocking footage shows the moment unarmed Golding was gunned down after he fled from a traffic stop.
The clip from surveillance cameras show the pursuing cops shooting him in the back of the head after he jumped over a fence in a bid to escape.
The teen was killed in April 2017, but the video was only released this week as part of a wrongful death lawsuit launched by Murrietta-Golding’s family.
Police say the officer believed the boy might be armed, but it turned out he was not. "Isiah and his brother were considered possible or probable suspects," said plaintiff's attorney Stuart Chandler, who represents the boy's father. "There was not a warrant for their arrest. There was no conduct by Isiah that day to ever show that he had a gun - because, of course, he didn't." Murrietta never stood up again after the gunshot hit him in the back of the head. Police had tried to detain the 16-year-old a few minutes earlier in a shopping center parking lot near Shaw and Fresno. "Backwards," you can hear an officer order him in body camera footage. "Towards my voice. Down on your knees." Then, the footage shows Murrietta running away and an officer following. You can't see the chase end on the video, but you can hear it. Murrietta had run to a daycare where surveillance video shows him jumping a fence and running again. He made it about eight steps into the yard before Officer Ray Villalvazo fired the deadly shot. Officers thought the teen might be involved in a homicide the day before and Villalvazo reported Murrietta looked at him and reached for his waistband, so he feared for his life. "Villalvazo over there described being in fear for his life," an Action News reporter said as he watched the video with legal analyst Tony Capozzi.