I don't know how long this will be up on youtube, but this is the body cam footage, 17 minutes long, seems to be mostly unedited, except for occasional bleeping out of some audio. (and doesn't require flash to view it, unlike most of the news sites) In it, the photographer says "it's my fault" "I'm on bodycam I'll say it, It's my fault" "I don't want you to lose your job" "You didn't mean it", "You thought it was a gun", etc.
Of course the deputy thought it was a gun
, that's pretty obvious. As to it being the fault of the photographer however, nothing can really be inferred from the victim's statements, the guy just got shot. Was it reasonable
to think that? The photographer wasn't in a position to know what the scene looked like from the deputies location. Even if it was reasonable for the deputy to think it might
look like a gun, should "might look like" be enough to just start shooting across a roadway at something or someone when you're not sure?
Also at one point it sounds like another LEO is telling the deputy not to say anything to anybody. That's good advice in general usually after any shooting, LEO or not.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSJflTR0bnc