Lawyer Claims That Police Shot a ‘hero’ After He Disarmed a Shooter and Was Mistaken for a Suspect!

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A former high school football champion whose lawyer claims he shot and killed a shooter during a brawl at a California restaurant remained hospitalized Thursday.

K’aun Green, 20, was dubbed a “hero” by attorney Adante Pointer for averting a shooting inside the La Victoria restaurant early Sunday before a San Jose police officer opened fire, striking Green.

“The cops said ‘drop the gun,’ and without allowing my client a second to register that it was the police, turn around to see what was happening, or even lower the gun, he was shot numerous times,” Pointer told NBC Bay Area.

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Chief Anthony Mata of the San Jose Police Department said Tuesday that Green ignored numerous instructions to drop the weapon, which he described as a “ghost gun,” as he backed out of the restaurant’s front door.

Mata stated that the incident occurred around one block from a homicide scene using a firearm. Customers fleeing the restaurant informed cops that a dispute with a firearm was taking place inside, and police felt an “active shooter scenario” was unfolding or about to erupt, Mata said.

The restaurant’s surveillance video, which was given to police, shows a chaotic scene, with numerous people throwing punches and fighting on the floor. The gun “changed hands multiple times” during the battle, Mata stated.

Green, according to Pointer, was “minding his own business” and was unaware of the others involved in the brawl. Green attempted to take the pistol away from others as the restaurant cleared out, as seen on the surveillance camera.

Unsettling bystander video allegedly captured the incident showing numerous officers ascending a tiny stairwell in front of La Victoria.

Green appears to back out of the door when it opens. Authorities released a still image from police body camera video showing Green carrying the pistol in his left hand.

Between the time Green opens the door and the officer fires, approximately four seconds pass on the footage. The footage was recorded from a distance, and no police officer can be heard commanding Green to down the gun.

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“The officer was aware that less than a block away from the homicide, a man with a gun was engaged in a fight inside a crowded restaurant,” Mata explained. “The officer was aware that the individual holding the gun did not drop it when commands were clearly given to him. The officer was unaware of who brought the gun to the restaurant.”

The gun was eventually determined to be someone else’s, Mata said. The individual who brandished the weapon initially was arrested on suspicion of felon in possession of a handgun, he added.

Mata said the officer, who has been with the department for four years, has been placed on standard administrative leave until the outcome of the investigation. In the coming weeks, he said, a “community briefing” including body camera footage and other material will be released.

Green was chained to his hospital bed and denied contact with his family, according to Pointer, until he was cleared as a suspect “days” after the shooting.

“To then hear and see the police press conference in which they refused to simply confess they shot the wrong individual was extremely irritating to him,” Pointer wrote in an email.

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A spokesman for the San Jose police department declined to comment, citing “ongoing” litigation. Pointer indicated that he intends to sue the department but has not done so yet.

Green is a linebacker at Contra Costa College, Pointer said. He was a three-time state football champion at McClymonds High School in Oakland. He earned first-team All-PAC-7 conference honors in 2021, according to the school’s athletics program.

Pointer did not specify the location of Green’s shooting, but stated that the athlete “remains optimistic about returning to the sport he loves – football.”

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