Recently, a jury determined that Officer Grant Morrison was justified in shooting and killing an unarmed man during a traffic stop on April 14, 2014 in Billings, Montana.
The video above is from Billings Police Officer Brad Ross’ patrol car. It shows Morrison walking with Ross back to the vehicle after fatally shooting Richard Ramirez, before he appears to wobble and collapse off-screen.
He is tremendously emotional and shaken up by the incident.
Ross had responded to the scene shortly after Morrison fired the three shots that killed Ramirez.
During his testimony, Morrison said Ramirez left him no choice but to use deadly force.
“It was his left hand that was most concerning because he repeatedly refused to follow my commands to keep his hands up,” Morrison explained. “He continued to reach down to the area along his waist that I couldn’t see whatsoever. I couldn’t see what he was reaching for. I couldn’t see where his hand was, it completely disappeared from my view and it was making me more and more afraid.”
He also told the jury that he regrets having to fire his weapon.
“The hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” he said. “I wish I didn’t have to make it. I wish I just knew he didn’t have a gun, but I couldn’t take the risk. I couldn’t take the risk of him having a gun. And I wanted to go home to my family and I wanted to see my son grow up.”
Although Ramirez did not have a weapon, blood tests confirmed that he was high on methamphetamine.