Transcript for Bodycam shows officer fatally shooting troubled man holding gun
We're going to turn next here to newly released body cam video tonight from Charlotte, North Carolina. Officers responding to calls about an armed man threatening people. They find him crouching between two cars. You can hear them repeatedly asking him to drop the gun. Finally, he appears to pull out the weapon, and one of the officers opens fire. But authorities now want to know, was the suspect trying to put that gun down? And here's ABC's Steve osunsami. Let me see your hands now! Reporter: This police body camera video is disturbing, and under new North Carolina law, reporters had to sue to get it released. Sir, put the gun down. Reporter: That's the voice of veteran Charlotte police officer Wende Kerl telling 27-year-old danquirs Franklin to put down his gun outside a burger king on March 25th. Inside the car is the manager of the restaurant. Police keep telling the obviously troubled young man to drop the gun, but he doesn't. Just as it appears he's going to listen and put the gun on the ground, he reaches for it by the barrel. It is pointed away from the police, but in that split second, the officer opens fire. And he dies. He got a gun, he got a gun. Okay, what is he doing with the gun? Is he pointing it at someone? He has a gun. He's pointing it at employees. Reporter: Minutes earlier, he was behind the counter at the burger king with the gun. Witnesses say it was an issue with an ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. He's fighting an employee, ma'am. Reporter: Law enforcement experts say the shooting appears justified. You give commands until he drops the gun. It's as simple as that. But when he moves the gun in a menacing fashion, which I believe that was, then it's a different story. Reporter: But there's more to Franklin's story. In 2011, he was featured in the local newspaper. How he overcame being born with drugs in his system, and was now going to college. He even helped author this book on mentoring black men. Reporter: This officer remains on administrative leave while this investigation continues. The community reaction to all of this is not positive. There's a sense of outrage, David, that this young man ended up dead because he did as police told him to, which was to put the gun on the ground. David? Steve osunsami reporting in live tonight. Steve, thank you.
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