Brandon Combs shooting revealed in brutal video of North Carolina cop Timothy Larson

A new video highlights the shocking last moment when North Carolina Police Officer Timothy Larson shot 29-year-old Brandon Combs through the windshield of a Larson Police SUV.

The video — which the Combs family’s attorney shared with The Daily Beast ahead of what the City of Concord said will be its public release Thursday — provides an undisturbed view of what former Caparros County District Attorney Roxanne Vannikoven recently concluded was not a crime. Instead, the attorney general said the shooting was a reasonable use of force by a police officer who feared for his life.

The Combs family maintains otherwise.

“I hope people watch it and realize this was a murder,” Combs’ mother, Virginia Taiyara, told The Daily Beast Thursday via text message.

Larson – who was fired from the department for lying to investigators about facts unrelated to the shooting – and his attorney Chris McCartan were not immediately reached for comment.

But in a statement issued last month, McCartan relied heavily on the attorney general’s decision, stating that “Cabarros County’s chief law enforcement officer has reviewed all evidence and has determined that there are no appropriate criminal proceedings.”

He also insisted that Larson would prove that he had not lied to investigators.

“Timothy Larson’s frankness about the actual shooting or any interaction with Mr. Combs has never been in question,” McCartan later wrote in his email to The Daily Beast.

Last month, as The Daily Beast reported, former officer Larson evaded criminal charges despite shooting Combs multiple times, shooting him, and then shooting him again.

While some body-worn camera footage was previously published by local broadcaster WSOC-TV, the new video provides more clarity about the deadly confrontation. Among other things, it clearly shows a shift in Larson’s tactics to try to subdue Combs, with the officer brandishing a pistol, baton, and taser before Combs escapes a truck he was allegedly trying to steal and gets into the officer’s police car. .

Within seconds, Larson used his rifle to shoot Combs after the man—whose family says he suffers from mental illness—looked under the dashboard, shots ringing just as Combs seemed to be starting or cranking the engine.

The SUV in the video never moves, even after the shots ring.

In a written statement by the former district attorney Vannekoven — who retired at the end of last month — the attorney general cited various reasons for not charging the officer.

They included: the fifteen commands issued by the officer which Combs allegedly ignored; the fact that Larson could not see Combs’ hands; An SUV that allegedly represented a deadly weapon said Larson was standing in front of it; And how Larson said he saw Combs look down toward the AR-15 latch inside the car.

Vannikoven said she reviewed materials from state investigators, all available videos, and officers’ statements, and consulted police professionals before releasing her decision.

But new footage from Larson’s body-worn camera has raised new questions about the use of force, according to Jeffrey Fagan, a Columbia University police expert who previously expressed doubts about the DA’s decision.

“If the SUV was a danger to the officer, it would have started to roll as soon as the suspect died behind the wheel. But it didn’t move, so it appears the vehicle was not an imminent threat to the officer,” said Fagan, the law professor.

Fagan told The Beast by email that he now believes the attorney general’s explanation is “abusing” the cop’s stance on the SUV, and “exaggerating” the threat of the rifle or AR-15 as potential weapons.

“He shot the suspect before the car moved,” Fagan said. “The suspect appeared unable to start the vehicle. He was standing aside, so the danger to the officer was uncertain.”

Vanikouven did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In his criticism of the shootings, Harry Daniels, Tayyara’s attorney, cited the landmark Supreme Court decision TN vs. Garnerwhich would require a significant risk of serious bodily harm to justify the use of lethal force against an escaped suspect

“If the cops are late, it’s too late,” he said in an interview. We don’t kill in our country just because we can’t capture [someone]. We use lethal force if lethal force is justified. “

Another police expert argued that Vanickhoven’s assessment was largely correct.

Professor Calvani N. Touré, a former police officer and professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland: “Officer Larson has analyzed the situation correctly.”

“He uses the right force, he follows the chain. He does everything, he gives verbal orders,” said Touré, who noted that the officer switched from his rifle to less-lethal methods before he finally came to the decision to shoot.

However, he said, “Where lethal force is used, the scenery is never beautiful.”

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