Who was Stavian Rodriguez?
Stavian Rodriguez is identified as the teenage boy who fatally shot in November while allegedly attempting to rob a convenience store as five Oklahoma City police officers were charged on Wednesday with first-degree manslaughter.
Rodriguez was shot 13 times by officers responding to reports of an attempted armed robbery at a convenience store on November 23.
How old was Stavian Rodriguez?
Stavian Rodriguez was 15 years old at the time of death.
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Oklahoma City District Attorney David Prater has charged five of the responding officers with first-degree manslaughter. If convicted, they could face up to life in prison. The officers who have been charged after firing lethal rounds are: Bethany Sears, Jared Barton, Corey Adams, John Skuta and Brad Pemberton.
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Stavian Rodriguez Video
Surveillance video obtained by KOCO appears to show Rodriguez attempting to cooperate with police when he was shot.
‘Show us your hands, sir. Nobody has to get hurt,’ cops tell Rodriguez over a speaker.
Rodriguez is seen climbing out of the drive-thru window with his hands raised, as cops scream: ‘Hands!’ The boy then slowly moves his hand to his waistband and lifts his shirt to show cops that he is removing the weapon tucked into his jeans.
‘Get face down on the ground,’ cops order as Rodriguez removes the weapon and drops it to the floor.
‘Oh, don’t do that!’ a male officer says to the kid as a female cop orders him to get on the ground and ‘drop it.’
Rodriguez then reaches in his pocket in what appears to be an attempt to remove something else, as cops scream and multiple gun fire shots are heard.
Stavian Rodriguez Okc Shooting
Another video taken by KOCO’s news crew, which was at the scene when the shooting happened, shows another view of the shooting.
‘He had dropped his f**king gun. He had dropped his f**King gun!’ a woman’s voice is heard screaming.
Master Sergeant Gary Knight told the outlet immediately after the incident that: ‘He came out with the gun in his hand, he did not follow officer’s instructions while he came out with the gun in his hand. Ultimately, he was shot.’
After being shot with the ‘less-lethal round, five officers ‘unnecessarily fire lethal rounds at Rodriguez, striking him numerous times and inflicting mortal wounds,’ Prater’s investigator, Willard Paige, wrote in an affidavit.
Stavian Rodriguez Autopsy
An autopsy determined Rodriguez suffered 13 gunshot wounds, Paige wrote. Officials have not yet revealed which officer fired the fatal shot. It was also not clear whether any of the officers had attorneys who could speak on their behalf, but John George defended their actions.
The officers have been on administrative leave since the shooting.