Activist and law enforcement expert analyze Raleigh police body camera video of fatal I-440 shooting


RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — The Raleigh Police Department on Friday released dramatic body camera video of a shooting involving an officer in January that left one person dead along Interstate-440.

There are five different angles of the five responding agents, but depending on who is watching, there are just as many interpretations.

The video shows the tense moments between Raleigh police and Daniel Turcios minutes after his car – with his wife and two children inside – flipped I-440.

Officers asked Turcios to drop a knife, but when that didn’t happen, they tasered him first.

Bob Young, a retired New York City police officer with decades of law enforcement experience, said deploying the Taser was a “classic” use of force.

“It’s a very dangerous situation here,” Young said. “There’s maybe five or six feet, it’s in the kill zone with a knife.”

The video then shows Turcios swinging the knife at a first responder before AA Officer Smith shoots him five times.

Activist Kerwin Pittman, who knows Turcios’ family, said he believed the officers made the situation worse.

“Daniel Turcios’ life mattered and he certainly didn’t deserve to die,” Pittman said. “When do you defuse the situation? »

Pittman said he wants to see the Raleigh Police Department invest in more training, both to calm situations and communicate with those who don’t speak English.

“There’s definitely a lot to take away from this experience,” Pittman said.

For Young, he believes the officer did what he had to do to protect others at the scene, but he said it was a tragic ending anyway.

“It’s terrible to be in a shoot for all parts, all parts,” Young said. “The officer is going to have to live with death and the family is going to have to live with the fact that she doesn’t have a loved one.”


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