Footage Of Fatal Shooting Brandon Lopez
Anaheim, California — Anaheim Police released body-worn camera and helicopter footage detailing a Sept. 28 officer-involved shooting that took place in neighboring Santa Ana. The video details an interaction with 34-year-old Brandon Lopez after investigators observed him driving a vehicle that was reported stolen in Anaheim. Lopez also had outstanding warrants for armed robberies, domestic violence and driving on a suspended license. The stolen vehicle is shown attempting to flee marked patrol cars and driving dangerously through parts of Santa Ana and Tustin. The video also shows an ensuing standoff in Santa Ana with the Santa Ana Police Department and later the Anaheim Police Department. After four hours of attempted negotiation, Lopez was fatally shot in an officer-involved shooting involving Anaheim Police. Lopez emerged from the car after police fired gas into the vehicle to force Lopez out and end the hours-long standoff, footage showed he was holding a narrow, black object which officers believed to be a gun. Multiple officers yelled for him to put his hands up, before one officer yelled "Gun! Gun! Gun!" They opened fire. No firearm was recovered from Lopez or inside the vehicle. The black object he was holding was a small Guess bag with an empty, crumpled water bottle inside. Lopez was the cousin of Santa Ana City Council Member Johnathan Ryan Hernandez. The incident remains under review by the Anaheim Police Department, the Santa Ana Police Department and the California Department of Justice.