A San Antonio police officer who is still in his probationary period was fired after he shot and injured a 17-year-old boy in the McDonald's parking lot, the department said Wednesday.
Erik Cantu, a teenage gunshot wounder, is hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds. His condition was not known Friday morning.
James Brennand, identified as the officer, responded to the fast-food restaurant in Blanco Road around 10: 45 p.m. Sunday for an unrelated disturbance call, according to police.
As the officer tried to gather information from witnesses, he noticed a vehicle that had evaded him the day before, as the officer attempted a stop because the license plate did not match the actual vehicle, Capt. Alyssa Campos, the department's training commander, made a video statement.
The car driven by Cantu was not the subject of a disturbance call at McDonald's, according to Campos.
The officer, believing the car was stolen, called for cover but approached the vehicle before other officers arrived, she said. Campos said the officer abruptly opened the driver's door and ordered Cantu to get out.
The police body-camera footage released by the department shows Cantu sitting in the driver's seat eating a McDonald's hamburger. A 17-year-old girl is in the passenger seat.
The officer says to Cantu, get out of the car.
Cantu put the car in reverse with the driver's door still open and backed up, Campos said, adding that the officer was hit by the open door.
The officer stepped back and opened fire on the vehicle as the driver reversed away from him, she said.
Multiple gunshots can be heard in the video as the maroon car backs away and the driver's door closes. The video shows that more shots are fired as the car flees the parking lot.
Cantu and his passenger were found about a block away. The passenger was not injured.
Cantu was charged with evading detention with a vehicle and assaulting a peace officer. It's not clear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf. The police haven't said if the car was stolen.
Brennand had been on the force for seven months and was still on probation, a standard practice for San Antonio officers who graduated from the police academy less than a year ago.
Chief William McManus said that the actions of the former officers are indefensible and do not align with our training, tactics and procedures. I terminated him. I will not give further comment, as this incident is still under investigation. All police shootings are sent to the district attorney's office for review. Brennand has not been charged with a crime. A police union representative was not immediately reached by NBC News.