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Video: San Leandro police release body camera footage of fatal shooting


SAN LEANDRO — Police released body-worn camera footage Tuesday of a confrontation last month between a vehicle-theft suspect and an officer that ended in a fatal shooting, but said investigations into the incident are continuing.

In footage shared to social media and described as a “critical incident video,” police said Alameda County Sheriff’s dispatch told a police dispatcher that a black Acura Integra had failed to yield to deputies earlier and was last seen northbound on Benedict Drive toward Estudillo Avenue.

The sheriff’s dispatcher also said a similar vehicle failed to yield to Hayward police two hours earlier, and added that the Acura had been reported stolen and might have a firearm inside.

Around 11 p.m., officers encountered the Acura near East 14th Street and Durant Avenue, and pursued it when it failed to yield to a traffic-stop attempt.

Moments later, the Acura crashed into a parked semi-truck trailer in the 10400 block of Pearmain Street. and police said the man got out and pointed a semi-automatic weapon at San Leandro police Officer Anthony Pantoja. The officer told the man to put his hands up, released his K-9 dog Kane and began firing his service weapon while running.

San Leandro Police released body camera video Tuesday of the Aug. 5 shooting of Vasquinho Bettencourt. Police accused Bettencourt of crashing a stolen car into a trailer on the 10400 block of Pearmain Street and pointing an assault rifle when he stepped out of the vehicle. (Courtesy of San Leandro Police)

San Leandro Police released body camera video Tuesday of the Aug. 5 shooting of Vasquinho Bettencourt. Police accused Bettencourt of crashing a stolen car into a trailer on the 10400 block of Pearmain Street and pointing an assault rifle when he stepped out of the vehicle. (Courtesy of San Leandro Police)

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San Leandro Police released body camera video Tuesday of the Aug. 5 shooting of Vasquinho Bettencourt. Police accused Bettencourt of crashing a stolen car into a trailer on the 10400 block of Pearmain Street and pointing an assault rifle when he stepped out of the vehicle. (Courtesy of San Leandro Police)

San Leandro Police released body camera video Tuesday of the Aug. 5 shooting of Vasquinho Bettencourt. Police accused Bettencourt of crashing a stolen car into a trailer on the 10400 block of Pearmain Street and pointing an assault rifle when he stepped out of the vehicle. (Courtesy of San Leandro Police)

San Leandro Police released body camera video Tuesday of the Aug. 5 shooting of Vasquinho Bettencourt. Police accused Bettencourt of crashing a stolen car into a trailer on the 10400 block of Pearmain Street and pointing an assault rifle when he stepped out of the vehicle. (Courtesy of San Leandro Police)

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The man ran northbound on Apple Street onto Pippin Street, where he hopped a home’s fence as Pantoja continued to fire toward him before approaching the man on the ground next to a home.

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