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Bodycam video shows the moments before an Austin police officer shot the attacker

By meerna Jun12,2024

Police body-worn camera footage released Monday shows two Austin officers trying to force entry into a North Austin apartment before one of them shot and killed a man who attacked a woman last month.

Officer Cody Schulz shot and killed 48-year-old Ensel Maclare-Urgelles on May 27 after he and Officer Alexis Cruz entered the apartment. Although Cruz did not shoot Maclare-Urgelles, police said they released the footage from his body camera because it provided a “clearer picture” of the incident.

Police responded to the complex after a 911 caller reported ongoing domestic violence between Maclare-Urgelles and an unidentified woman around 1:30 a.m. The caller reported hearing arguments, glass breaking and objects being thrown for about 10 minutes, a police news release states. . Another 911 caller reported hearing a woman screaming for help and a man screaming. The caller said the violence spread to the apartment’s patio and then back into the residence. The officers’ body cameras captured muffled screams as they approached the apartment.

Bodycam footage shows Cruz and Schulz going to the apartment around 1:48 a.m. Upon arrival, officers knocked and announced their presence in English and Spanish, but received no response. According to the video, Cruz and Schulz took turns kicking the door.

The material breaks off before entering the apartment. Citing Texas law, the Police Department said it did not release the footage of the shooting because it was recorded in a private space.

By meerna

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