Body camera video of Mesa officer involved shooting released

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MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- Officials with Mesa Police Department have released body camera footage of an officer involved shooting that started with a man flagging down an officer, and ended with the man being shot.

Before the body camera video was released, there were contradicting statements about what may have happened during this shooting, which happened in April. The video backs the police narrative.

The graphic video was taken on April 22, when Mesa Police officer Theodore Brennan was near Alma School and Main in Mesa when he was flagged down by Akbar Aziz. The video shows a hostile exchange that ended in gunfire. Along with the video, Mesa Police officials released pre-recorded statements on what happened that night.

"Mr. Aziz continued to quickly approach the officer in an aggressive manner with closed fists, and the officer began to retreat while commanding Aziz to stop," said Tim Walker of Mesa Police.

Aziz originally told investigators that police shot him for no reason. The video appears to contradict his statements.

"Faced with a fast and aggressive attack at close range, the officer drew his weapon while moving backwards, and fired three rounds," said Walker.

Aziz survived the shooting, and was charged with multiple crimes, including aggravated assault on a peace officer. Aziz has a history of felony charges, including previous aggravated assault charges. He's previously served eight years in prison for one of those charges.

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