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Bodycam shows Calif. officer shoot fleeing teen

CERES, Calif. (KCRA) -- Newly released body camera video shows the events leading up to a Ceres, California police officer opening fire and killing a 15-year-old boy.

Carmen "Spencer" Mendez was shot in August 2018 after a police chase of a dark-colored Lexus that ended when Mendez jumped out of the car and ran into a field.

Body camera video released Wednesday by the city of Ceres shows an officer driving up behind the Lexus and opening fire at Mendez as he runs away into an orchard. The officer did not give any commands before firing his weapon.

Another officer then arrives, and the officer who fired his gun says, "He's got a gun."

The officer who shot Mendez then approaches the teen's body and says to put his hands up. The teen is lying face down on the ground motionless as he’s restrained.

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  1. Some key information is missing from the story, as usual:
    “15-year-old Spencer Carmen Mendez is dead after pulling out a gun at a park and leading police on a chase through Stanislaus County.”
    … “Police said several stolen firearms were found in the vehicle.”.

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