Three years after an SAPD officer shot and killed Charles Roundtree Jr., here’s where things stand

‘Chop’ Roundtree’s household tried to search out decision by submitting a wrongful loss of life lawsuit in opposition to the officer, however closure stays elusive.

SAN ANTONIO — Sunday marks three years since Charles Roundtree, Jr., died from the gunfire of San Antonio police officer Steve Casanova. Court filings reveal what police chief William McManus says about his officer.

On October 17, 2018, Casanova responded to an assault on a soup vendor after 1 a.m. The investigation led to 217 Roberts Street, a house sizzling on drug requires police.

Casanova’s knock and slight shove on the door acquired a response from DaVante Snowden. He was in the lounge with Taylor Singleton and Roundtree.

Casanova says Snowden had a gun. He shot Snowden within the bottom and unintentionally killed Roundtree. A Bexar County Grand Jury cleared the officer of legal accountability.

Police arrested Snowden on a felon weapons cost. He was acquitted after jurors heard from investigators who could not discover his DNA on the gun police discovered exterior the home.

Depositions within the ongoing lawsuit present Casanova felt threatened. “I felt I could fire off an accurate shot back at the person I felt was a threat to myself and my partner,” Casanova testified.

The officer opted to go get a rifle as Roundtree drowned in his personal blood. The deposition says it might have taken so long as 21 minutes for paramedics to be referred to as after Roundtree was shot. The San Antonio Fire Dept couldn’t confirm that point.

Casanova admitted in court docket that figuring out himself as a police officer might have helped the state of affairs as he stood on a darkish porch. “If I would have been able to have a little bit further time to state it,” Casanova stated. “But my presences alone–which the uniform I’m wearing now—I think that is clear enough that I’m a San Antonio Police.”

In the court docket filings, Police Chief William McManus stated Casanova was justified for capturing at Snowden. 

As they scrutinized the physique cam video at police headquarters, McManus believes he noticed a gun in Snowden’s waistband.

But the chief says Roundtree’s loss of life was not justifiable. When requested who’s accountable if an officer injures or kills a 3rd social gathering, McManus stated, “Officer Casanova.”

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