‘Every breath is a struggle’: Teen on life support after being shot in parking lot while eating Macca’s

Erik Cantu was shot multiple times by a San Antonio police officer while eating a burger in a McDonald’s parking lot last week.

The 17-year-old US boy is now on life support, his lawyer said in a statement Tuesday.

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“At this time there is no improvement in his condition. He is still unconscious and is on life support,” attorney Brian Powers said.

“The last two days have been difficult and we expect more difficulties, but we remain hopeful.”

Any reports that the teen is stable or “will be fine” are untrue, he added.

“Every breath is a struggle for Erik,” the statement said. “We ask everyone for continued prayers for our son.”

Bodycam footage shows 17-year-old Erik Cantu eating a burger in his car in the McDonald’s parking lot when officer James Brennand opened his door. Recognition: San Antonio Police Department

San Antonio Police Officer James Brennand shot and killed the teenager on the night of October 2 after responding to an unrelated disturbance call to McDonald’s on Blanco Road, according to police.

“As the officer attempted to gather information from witnesses, he noticed a vehicle swerving out of his way the day before when the officer tried to stop because the registered license plate did not match the actual vehicle,” said the detachment’s training commander, Capt Alyssa Campos a video statement.

The car Cantu was driving was not the subject of the jammed call to McDonald’s, according to Campos.

Brennand, who was still on probation, was fired after the shooting.

“The former officer’s actions are unjustifiable and inconsistent with our training, tactics and procedures,” Chief William McManus said. “As such, I fired him. I will refrain from further comment as this incident is still under investigation.”

The officer, believing the car had been stolen, called “cover 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 out.

Officer fired for ‘unacceptable’ actions

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 was in the passenger seat.

“Get out of the car,” the officer says to Cantu, as the video shows.

Cantu put the car in reverse with the driver’s door still open and backed up, Campos said, adding the officer was hit by the open door.

“The officer then stepped back and opened fire on the vehicle as the driver backed away from him,” she said.

Multiple gunshots can be heard in the video as the maroon car reverses and the driver’s door closes. More shots are fired as the car flees the parking lot, video shows.

Brennand fired multiple shots at the car as it pulled away. It was a short distance away. Recognition: San Antonio Police Department

Cantu and his passenger were found about a block away. The passenger was not injured. Police couldn’t say if the car was actually stolen.

Police charged Cantu with evading arrest with a vehicle and assaulting a peace officer. The charges were dismissed, online court filings show, and the case is closed.

Brennand had been with the police force seven months and was still on probation, a common practice for San Antonio officers who had graduated from the police academy less than a year ago.

All police shootings are sent to the prosecutor’s office for investigation. Brennand has not been charged with any crime.

Danny Diaz, president of the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association, said he would not comment until an investigation is completed.

– With Mirna Alsharif, NBC

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