A Montana cop who fatally shot an unarmed robbery suspect broke down in tears moments after the killing, dashcam video showed.
Newly released footage from the scene of the April shooting in Billings showed Officer Grant Morrison sob and say, “I thought he was going to pull a gun on me.”
Morrison shot and killed 38-year-old Richard Ramirez, a robbery and shooting suspect who was high on meth, after the alleged criminal failed to comply with the cop’s orders, the Billings Gazette reported.
On Wednesday, a jury ruled the police shooting justified.
“It’s the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Morrison said during his testimony. “I wish I didn’t have to make it. I wish I just knew he didn’t have a gun, but I couldn’t take the risk.”
Morrison pulled over the car on April 14 while patrolling Billings’ South Side. He didn’t know Ramirez — who was wanted for a robbery and shooting the day earlier — was in the vehicle, he said in court.
The cop found four people were inside. The backseat right passenger wouldn’t stop moving as Morrison approached the car. He looked like he was going to get out, Morrison said.
Morrison ordered all four to put their hands up.
Source: New York Daily News | MEG WAGNER