Along with the release of four videos detailing the graphic shooting death of Alton Sterling in July 2016, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police confirmed Friday that the officer who fired the fatal shot has been fired.
According to CNN, video evidence shows an officer identified as Blane Salamoni yell that the suspect had a gun prior to the sound of gunshots.
The officer who fired the fatal shot can be heard issuing profanity-laced instructions for the suspect to drop his weapon and surrender.
“Put your hands on the car or I’ll shoot you in your f—ing head, you understand me?” he said. “Don’t you f—ing move, you hear me?”
Salamoni and officer Howie Lake II — who is facing a three-day suspension for his attitude during the incident — were at the convenience store where the shooting occurred after receiving a report of a man with a gun at the location.
Both officers learned their fate following separate disciplinary hearings held Thursday evening.
During his hearing, Salamoni reportedly refused to answer any questions.
His attorney, John McLindon, said prior to the interview that he believed the department had already made its decision.
“No matter what evidence we give them, they’re not going to listen,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what we present to them — they’re going to fire him.”
Lake, on the other hand, answered each question asked during the hearing.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul addressed Sterling’s loved ones in a statement announcing the decision.
“I hope this brings some closure to them,” he said.
Earlier this week, Louisiana authorities indicated that neither Salamoni nor Lake would not face criminal charges in connection with Sterling’s death. The incident was ruled a justified shooting.
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[Featured image: Associated Press]