LA MARQUE, Texas – The family lawyer for a young black man who was fatally shot by a police officer in suburban Houston last week said Tuesday that the family plans to release the results of an independent autopsy of the death.
The autopsy leads to the death of Joshua Feast, 22, which will be released on Wednesday, civil rights attorney Ben Crump said at a news conference Tuesday in La Marque, Texas, about 40 miles southeast of Houston.
Crump also called for a thorough investigation into the murder and asked police to release body camera footage of the shootings. The lawyer also said the officer who killed Feast should be fired.
Few details were released about the shooting on December 9th. The officer who killed Feast has been identified as Marque Police Officer Jose Santos, who is currently on paid vacation.
Crump added that witnesses said Feast was shot in the back.
Kirk Jackson, La Marque police chief, said Feast was interested in multiple shootings in the town on the southern edge of Houston and guns were found at the site of his fatal shootout.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office are investigating Feast’s death.
Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset told the Galveston County Daily News last week that Santos had reached out to Feast about being wanted on an arrest warrant.
The sheriff told the newspaper that investigators told him there was video evidence that Feast had a gun aimed at Santos, but at the time Trochesset said he had not seen a video with a body camera.
The Associated Press