SAN ANTONIO – The trial of a person accused of taking pictures and killing a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office K-9 in a 2019 standoff started Wednesday in San Antonio.
Prosecutors say Matthew Mireles led regulation enforcement on a chase by means of three counties on Jan. 25, 2019 after he fled a visitors cease in Karnes City. He ended up on Loop 1604 close to U.S. Highway 151 in San Antonio after his truck ran out of gasoline, the place they are saying he pointed a gun at deputies, a police helicopter and himself.
BCSO determined to ship in K-9 Chucky, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, prosecutors say, which Mireles shot at earlier than being shot himself.
“You’ll see the defendant fire — it’s all on video — fire shots at Chucky as he’s coming to disarm the defendant,” prosecutor Tamara Strauch instructed the jury in her opening assertion. “And one of those shots — you’ll see, you can see it on the video — enters the left rib area of Chucky’s body.”
Chucky, who was not carrying a vest, died and was later given a burial with full honors.
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Robert Gebbia, one of Mireles’s protection attorneys, cast doubt on whether or not his consumer or regulation enforcement fired the deadly shot.
“I watched that video 100 times. I’m sure they have, too,” Gebbia stated in his opening assertion. “You can’t tell what bullet hits that dog. There’s bullets flying from everywhere, and all of them are centered right there.”
Mireles is charged with interfering with a police service animal. However, the indictment doesn’t particularly declare he killed Chucky, however quite that he shot on the canine, which might doubtless kill or injure it.
He can be charged with evading arrest and eight counts of aggravated assault of a public servant for pointing a gun at peace officers.
Though Mireles can be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm throughout the identical incident, that case is being dealt with individually.
‘SUICIDE BY COP’ ATTEMPT
Gebbia argued Mireles, who he says was consuming a beer in the course of the chase and was on medication, solely supposed to hurt himself. He “never” fired at police, Gebbia stated.
“He made the decision in his mind at the time they attempted to pull him over in Karnes County that this was his last day walking among us,” Gebbia stated.
Gebbia stated Mireles — who has a slew of arrests courting again to 1998, together with a number of convictions — referred to as relations and stated he didn’t need to be confined anymore.
“His intent was to die that day. Suicide by cop and nothing more,” Gebbia stated.
Both sides say Mireles streamed the chase on Facebook Live. While in addition they agree he fired a shot in the course of the chase, Gebbia referred to it as “that little baloney out the window” and stated Mireles didn’t even look when he fired and shouted a grito.
“He’s like celebrating the end of his life. It’s like a funeral procession for one, attended by one,” Gebbia stated.
Once Mireles’s truck ran out of gasoline, Strauch stated he obtained out with a cellphone and gun in his fingers. Police tried to get Mireles to put down his gun and give up over the course of a 12 minute and 20 second standoff, she stated, however he wouldn’t.
“You can hear (a BCSO deputy) say, ‘It’s not too late to end this peacefully. We don’t want to hurt you. We can end this peacefully. Put the weapon down. We can talk. We don’t want to hurt you. We can work through this,’” Strauch stated. “And what’s this man saying? ‘F*** you. You can kill me.’ And he refuses to put the gun down.”
Law enforcement on the scene didn’t kill Mireles, although his lawyer says “they pumped his body full of bullets.”
“Let me start by saying you don’t get to shoot somebody for evading arrest. Period,” Gebbia stated.
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