MORENCI, AZ - Body cam video has been released in an officer-involved shooting from January that left one suspect dead.
The incident happened in Morenci, a small community in Greenlee County. Greenlee County Attorney Derek D. Rapier says the video was crucial in showing that the officers involved were justified in the shooting.
The 15-minute video was taken by Deputy John Mennen with the Greenlee County Sheriff's Office. It begins with Mennen approaching the suspect, Christopher Ingram, who was driving a white pick-up truck.
Mennen asks Ingram to show him his hands, and then realizes Ingram has a gun on his lap. According to investigators, Ingram aimed his handgun at Mennen and shot him in the stomach then the back shoulder.
While it's hard to see what is happening in the body cam video, you can hear multiple gunshots. You can also hear Mennen talking to Sergeant Jason Mingura with the Clifton Police Department who was on scene.
Rapier says officers in the county have been using body cams for about two years, and they have been critical in all types of investigations. Rapier says in this case it helped show that both officers were clear, because Ingram fired without being provoked.
Ingram's sister made the initial 911 call and told dispatchers her brother was acting crazy and needed help. Earlier in the evening, she reported he he had been drinking. Ingram had a confrontation with his estranged wife, which she reported to officers, and said he had kicked out the headlights in her car.
At one point in the body cam video, Ingram's sister showed up at the shooting near a restaurant and Mennan asked her to leave.
The Greenlee County Attorney's office says that Ingram was shot twice by Deputy Mennan and later died. Mingura was also shot by Ingram twice in the hand and buttock.
Neither of the officers involved are facing any charges. The Department of Public Safety was in charge of the investigation.