Body camera footage released in 2016 officer-involved shooting in Buckeye

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-09 01:34:42-04

Nearly a year after an officer-involved shooting in Buckeye, police are releasing body camera footage of the deadly incident.

Watch the footage in the player below. *WARNING: Language and content may be considered graphic.*

On June 25, 2016, Buckeye police were called to a home near Riata Parkway and Wayland Drive after receiving reports from a relative in California that 30-year-old William Ferguson shot and killed his wife, 36-year-old Breanne Ferguson.

When officers arrived to the neighborhood of the scene, William drove up to them in a white Dodge pickup truck. Immediately after getting out of the vehicle he fired several rounds, a Buckeye police spokesperson said.

In the video released, two officers are seen taking cover behind a patrol car while one fired at William, officials said. A third officer arrived at the scene during the shooting. He shot multiple rounds at William — striking him in the shoulder.

According to a police spokesperson, after William was shot he “took his own life moments later.” After the shooting, officers found Breanne dead inside a nearby home. Two young kids were also inside, police said.

Last month The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Shooting Review Board ruled that the deadly shooting was justified and that the officers did not commit any act that warrants criminal prosecution. Buckeye police say the body camera footage wasn’t released until Thursday because the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office requested that it not be distributed until the case was resolved.