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Texas Rangers release police video in McMillan shooting death

Texas Rangers release police video in McMillan shooting death

Texas Rangers release police video in McMillan shooting death
December 16
18:10 2015

Dalton LaFerney | News Editor


Authorities released camera footage Wednesday that shows UNT police Cpl. Stephen Bean shooting UNT student Ryan McMillan at the intersection of Fry and Oak streets. McMillan was shot multiple times.

There are two videos on the DVD provided by authorities. One appears to show McMillan, wearing a white shirt, engaging a person on the right sidewalk on Oak Street just as Bean arrives.

The camera shows McMillan walk in front of the officer’s cruiser. In another video on the same DVD, McMillan is seen walking toward the officer on the left side of the cruiser.

At 16 seconds in, McMillan walks toward the officer. The axe he is said to have carried, and smashed car windows with, is not raised. At about 21 seconds in, the officer appears to shoot McMillan in the upper chest area multiple times after McMillan screams “Shoot me! Just shoot me!”

Not all of the footage police have was released Wednesday. Only the dash camera footage was given. UNT police are equipped with body cameras. The remaining footage, police said, is being reviewed and withheld as part of the investigation.

The release of the video comes from the Texas Rangers, who are investigating the officer who shot McMillan hours after his 21st birthday. He died later in a local hospital.

Witnesses at the scene have shown members of the news media their own videos, but the footage distributed Wednesday is the first official account from the authorities of what happened Sunday morning.

UNT officials said throughout the week that McMillan allegedly carried an axe and made an “advance” at the officer, prompting the officer to shoot McMillan in the street.

WARNING: The video below contains graphic content.

Video courtesy | Denton Record-Chronicle. The second video, which we have decided not to post due to it’s content, can be found on the Denton Record-Chronicle website.

A doctor at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ordered a toxicology report Monday in the autopsy of McMillan. The results of the autopsy could be released as late as February, officials said.

McMillan’s funeral is planned for 11:30 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Chapel, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth. A viewing is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the same location.

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  1. Hebrews 2:14-15
    Hebrews 2:14-15 January 01, 23:19

    Another student dead…May God have mercy on our campus. Those who are grieving need comfort, but more than that they need the Gospel (John 14:1-6; Romans 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

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