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Texas police officer fired after shooting hamburger-eating teenager

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A Texas police officer who opened fire on an unarmed teenager eating a hamburger in a McDonald’s parking lot has been fired.

San Antonio Officer James Brennand was fired after shooting Erik Cantu, 17, on October 2 in a McDonald's parking lot, police training commander Alyssa Campos said in a video statement released Wednesday.

In this image taken from Oct. 2, 2022 police body camera video and released by San Antonio Police Department, Erik Cantu looks toward San Antonio Police officer James Brennand while holding a hamburger in a fast food restaurant parking lot as the officer opens the car door in San Antonio, Texas. (San Antonio Police Department via AP) Officer James Brennand responded to a disturbance call at the fast food restaurant, police said.

But Brennand was quickly distracted by the parked car Cantu was sitting in. He claimed that the car evaded him the day before during an attempted traffic stop.

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