Video shows a police officer shooting a man at point blank range while in custody

The officer had accidentally shot the man with his gun while reaching for what he thought was his taser.
1:42 | 04/13/19

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Transcript for Video shows a police officer shooting a man at point blank range while in custody
The officer calling out taser, taser, but actually shooting the man in the stomach with his firearm. Here's ABC's Stephanie Ramos. Reporter: This newly released surveillance video captures the moment a police officer shoots a man point-blank in the stomach while in custody. Officials now saying it was a mistake. It happened in March in a holding cell at the bucks county jail near Philadelphia, where Brian riling was being held on intimidation charges after an altercation with his girlfriend. In the video, you see Reilly take off his belt when a small plastic bag falls on the ground. You see him try to cover the bag with his foot. That's when the scuffle with officers begins. Riling reaches for the packet. Then you hear the officer yell -- Taser! Reporter: But he grabs his gun instead, shooting riling in the stomach. Riling falls to the ground, shot and stunned. You shot me with a gun? What are you doing? Reporter: The investigation found the officer wore his taser and his firearm on the same side of his body. Officials say that's a violation of department policies, but not a violation of the law. The officer had a genuine mistake and honest belief that he was using his taser when instead he shot Mr. Riling in the stomach. Reporter: Riling was seriously injured in the shooting. He spent days in the hospital. He has since been released. The officer who has not been named was placed on administrative leave during the investigation. He has just retired. Tom? Stephanie, thank you.

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