Loveland police release 911 call, bodycam footage of officer-involved shooting of Alex Domina – The Denver Post

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The Loveland Police Department on Wednesday released the 911 call and the body camera footage of the officer-involved shooting when Officer Eddie Luzon shot 19-year-old Loveland resident Alex Domina.

Video footage shows that Luzon tried talking with Alex Domina, who was armed with a knife during the entire interaction, trying to calm him down so they could talk. Luzon fired only after Domina began to move quickly toward him, the video shows.

In the video, Chief Bob Ticer said the release of the footage was done to be transparent with the community.

“We have provided you this information to build or enhance community trust in your police department,”  Ticer said at the end of the video. “My goal is to ensure transparency this department owes the community while preserving the criminal investigatory process led by the CIRT Team.”

Ticer said the Critical Incident Response Team investigation is currently being conducted by the Fort Collins Police Services under the direction of the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. He added that the overall understanding of the incident may change as the investigation goes on and that the department is not drawing any conclusions about whether Luzon acted consistent with policies and the law until the investigation is complete.

At the beginning of the video, Ticer said the audio and video in the clip may be disturbing.

911 call

In the call, Judy Domina, Alex Domina’s grandmother and guardian, can be heard asking the dispatcher for help immediately as she said he was undergoing a mental breakdown and breaking and throwing things.

“He’s a danger to himself and us,” she said.

In the call Judy Domina claimed that her grandson became mad at her when asked to do chores. She also pointed out that he has been “institutionalized for years” and came to live with her in June, but also said “he’s going to need to be committed.”

At the time of the call, Alex Domina was in the backyard destroying patio furniture.

“But please, please handle him with care,” Judy Domina said. “He — it’s mental health.”

Around that point in the call Judy Domina is heard saying that her grandson tried to break the glass door with his feet, eventually successfully breaking it.

The dispatcher then asked how he would deal with police.

“Will he be cooperative, or will he be a problem?” the dispatcher asked.

“He probably won’t be,” Judy Domina responded.

As they waited for officers to arrive, she told the dispatcher that Alex Domina had a knife. She said he said “he’s not going to go back.”

The shooting

Following the 911 footage, the video provided by LPD cut to Luzon arriving on scene and heading toward the backyard of the home.

A woman can be seen approaching Luzon, telling him that Alex Domina had a knife. She was also heard saying “just try to talk to him.”

Luzon approaches the open gate to the backyard; Alex Domina is at the end of the backyard with a knife in his right hand.

The officer immediately is heard saying hello and asking Alex Domina how he was doing.

“Can you put the knife down for me and let’s just talk, man,” Luzon said. “I am not taking you anywhere dude, I just want to talk to you.”

Several times Luzon asked Alex Domina to put the knife down so they could chat and, despite Alex Domina’s concerns, that he would not take him anywhere.

“I am not being tricked by that bulls***,” Alex Domina responded.

As Luzon continued to ask Alex Domina to put the knife down and assured him that he was not being tricked, Alex Domina can be seen pulling down a small, covered structure onto a patio table.

“I am going to need you to stop and just talk to me, bro,” Luzon said.

Then Alex Domina began to slowly approach the officer, and Luzon drew his weapon. Luzon asked several times for the teen to stop and put the knife down, but Domina began to move quicker toward Luzon. The officer fired four shots and Domina dropped to the ground.

The video states that at that point a second officer, Kerry Marion, arrived on scene to assist in the incident. When she arrived in the backyard the two officers began administering aid.

As more officers arrived, Marion said they could see a gunshot wound to the chest and a stab wound around the arms.

During the interaction with officers as first aid was administered, Alex Domina could be seen asking for help and complaining that he couldn’t breath as officers worked to help him.

As the officers helped Alex Domina could be seen struggling. He eventually was carried out on a stretcher and the video ends.

The family’s response

Mari Newman, lawyer for the Domina family, said the family viewed the footage just minutes before police released it to the public.

“It was excruciatingly difficult to watch,” Newman said in a statement. “This tragic outcome highlights the need for first responders with mental health training for calls like this. Alex has undergone five surgeries so far, and remains in critical condition.”

She added, “Alex’s family appreciates the community’s continued support as Alex fights for his life.”

 

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