Video: Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shoots Man Who Had His Hands in the Air

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Manuel Orosco Longoria, a 40-year-old Mesa resident, was shot and killed on January 14 after apparently reaching for a gun.

Video of the incident belies Babeu's statement -- Longoria had his arms straight up in the air at the moment he was shot.

According to the account of events released by the Sheriff's Office on the day of the shooting, Longoria had stolen a car in Casa Grande and was spotted around Eloy.

"Stop Sticks were used as they attempted to try to stop the vehicle to end the pursuit," according to the PCSO's account. "During the pursuit, the suspect rammed a patrol vehicle while attempting to get away. Information was provided that the driver of the vehicle was armed and he said he 'wouldn't be taken alive.'"

The pursuit lasted about 40 minutes, until Longoria crashed into another patrol car and got out of his car, according to the PCSO.

Here's what happened next:



Before that video was released, here's how Babeu explained events in a statement he released the day of the shooting:
"Officers and deputies attempted to use less-lethal means to take him into custody including firing several beanbag rounds and Taser deployments. The suspect refused to obey commands and suddenly reached back into the vehicle. A deputy felt the suspect was reaching for the gun he reportedly had, so he then fired two rounds from his department issued patrol rifle."
The above video, which a witness handed over to KPHO some time last week, shows something fairly different from what Babeu described.

According to a Sheriff's Office statement, "The deputy involved in the shooting is assigned to our patrol division and is a 5 1/2 year veteran and has been recognized numerous times for exemplary performance and heroism."

New Times has asked that the PCSO identify the deputy. We'll update this post when we get it.

UPDATE 8:23 a.m.: PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney's response to our request: "No."

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jorrell01
jorrell01

Its unfortunate what happen. Its amazing how corrupt  Arizona is. Its surprising the Governor Jane Brewer has let this go on so long. She is Commander in Chief  of the State of Arizona and has to power to remove and arrest this Sheriff Babeu. I use to like him but he was caught lying several times and caught threatening a human being regardless of race. Now he was caught lying again. I was all for what the Pinal County Sheriff did until I read the part about them killing this man. Regardless what he did you have to follow procedure. Even if this deputy did follow procedure he is still responsible for killing a human being. Even is he did stole a car and they had to chase him down. It ended well and the job was done until they killed him. At that point it took a turn for the worse against all the officers at the scene that's not an act of valor its a act of cowards. I can careless if he did have a gun you have to at least at the minimum wait to see it at least. We did not give these officers a license to kill but a license to follow the law to the "T."

The deputy was wrong totally the video doesn't lie. The deputy was totally wrong. By the way I was told the deputy is a Rankin or a relative there of. This is why they are keeping it quiet. Check out the history and you will see the Racism in this county and in the city of Florence. There is a real bad history with this family. Look up 60 minutes and the Rankin family you will see what I'm talking about. It will shock you what you will see. Obviously Arizona has given all Cops the right to kill no matter what. That means Governor Jane Brewer must be backing them up. This officer needs to be arrest charged and behind jail. Not on our roads and never ever have a badge again. Sheriff Babeu you will reap what you sow.

Let see how our Justice system deals with this and Governor Jane Brewer. Then we will vote and petition to move all of them out of office. Or God will take over and then its all over. Just my freedom of speech.

debtedpaulk
debtedpaulk

In Pinal County, again, a deputy going 90 MPH killed a man on Hwy 60. County Attorney defends the deputy's speed as a normal practice to catch speeders. IT IS ILLEGAL FOR COPS TO EXCEED THE SPEED LIMIT LIKE THIS UNLESS THEY ARE RESPONDING WITH LIGHTS AND SIRENS!!! Beware of Pinal County gestapo. 

SSN_152604382
SSN_152604382

Guess he should've obeyed the commands from all of the folks with the guns and the shiny police badges forty minutes earlier?

Mitchell McAleer
Mitchell McAleer

I love how the cop apologists are OK with summary execution. Perhaps the cops, being public servants, can perform less like executioners, and more like public funded police, where a judge, and a jury of 12 of our peers decides our guilt or innocence, and hands down a verdict. This is murder, no two ways about it. Even in the most biblical definition of capital punishment you don't get killed as punishment, when you haven't committed murder. Only in a fucked up public funded police covering their asses perspective is murder OK. Too bad for you all,, we pay your salaries. Time to cut back on the murderous psychopaths in uniform.

fc2479
fc2479 topcommenter

Good job by the Police.....keep up the good work

shag111
shag111

Steroids!! Between steroid use and adrenaline, these shootings will continue. 

tenmen
tenmen

in Houston they have to be handcuffed or in a wheel chair, guess HPD not that good of a shot.

serpico1000
serpico1000

How is the Pinal County going to justify this Murder of this Citizen when his arms are clearly in the air, no threat was showing from this person, the charges over the air being broadcast during the chase about his having stolen a car, that was his sister's car, and when the authorities say he rammed a patrol car, that car you clearly see that police car turned to stop the car suddenly, so the Sheriff's office better come out with the truth since the video speaks for itself!!! do not try to bury this incident like the one where that soldier Guerena was murdered the way by which this Sheriff's office conducts its daily business, TIRED TO SEE THESE INJUSTICES BEING CARRIED OUT BY A DEPARTMENT WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US AND THINK BEFORE YOU SHOOT!!!

Heather Candace
Heather Candace

Good point you got there! Oops! But still I think Rose has a bit of a point. They are best buddies and they pull the same bullshit tricks as one another. Sickening. These cops are so aggressive it is almost unimaginable. I'm not saying what this individual did was correct but what I am saying is ARIZONA HAS THE WORST POLICE IN THE COUNTRY!! EVERY COUNTY HAS MANIPULATIVE, SNEAKY, LYING COPS!!! GET YOUR STATE BACK AZ!

DNichols
DNichols

I can't stand Sheriff Babeu, and he is a Liar, and Sexual Deviot Sicko.

However;

When many Law Enforcement guns are pointed at you, you may want to obey orders, and not make sudden movements against orders?!

Unless you want to be shot.

Johnny Gutierrez
Johnny Gutierrez

Yea but he put his hands clear in the air no fuckin threat there asses

Ronald DeLucia Jr.
Ronald DeLucia Jr.

He was going to his car door maybe get his gun or take off again. He was then getting shot at so he put arms up.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Fucking cops are out of control, across the entire country ..

logicman
logicman

anyone hear about another one in Scottsdale a couple days ago?  Can anyone provide a link?  I heard the story from a friend.  His cousin was shot and was unarmed (according to him)

Maureen O'Halloran
Maureen O'Halloran

I watched this over and over again. Looks like a justified reaction to me. They demanded him over and over again to put his hands up. One hand stayed behind his back and it looked like he was going to his car. The officers did what their training has taught them. This guy rammed a patrol car before he got to this place.

Monique Jones
Monique Jones

It's sad that people don't believe in karma, all of you that are being reckless with your mouths. *thatisall

WeTrust50
WeTrust50

If you look closely you see the guy reach for the front of his pant when the first shots are fired! 00:20  Also, wtf took him so long to comply with the officers request once exiting the vehicle? Um, yeah, that's clearly NOT murder. That's the Police doing their job and neutralizing a threat! I would expect them to do the same if that were me(a democratic black man), or any other race or gender.

Jesse Gray
Jesse Gray

Those were not gunshots, they were beanbag rounds. The final two were the gunshots.

WeTrust50
WeTrust50

It doesn't matter. Anyone dumb enough to put up a 40 minute chase, and have a gun in the car is asking for it. The cop did what he felt was necessary. The victim obviously had a few screws loose. He rammed multiple patrol cars. And now everyone is upset and angered because he got shot?? I know people that would shoot you for less...just sayin.

studboi1
studboi1

doesn't matter if  Gay sheriff babeu is investigated. We all know babeu lied on the investigation where he threatened his mexican exboyfriend. In that investigation Chris deRose, Kurt Cusanovich and babeu's close friend dps (who babeu had a sexual encounter with, babeu you remember that?) all lied to the investigators. shame on the investigators who didn't do a good job. true will come sooner than later

traceyweaver38
traceyweaver38

He never made it far enough inside the car to grab anything. He turned with his back to the cops.... with his hands clearly in the air, with nothing in his hands and stood there for a second before the deadly shots were fired. There were 12 plus cops there. I heard two shots. Why didn't all of the cops shoot if they were in fear of their lives? Just one was in fear of his life out of the majority? Clearly murder! They need more training. They all need to have to wear body camera's. Then they can't lie. They let their egos get in the way....period!






Rogel Carlos
Rogel Carlos

When you are a bad person, stuff like this will happen

D.j. FlipStylz
D.j. FlipStylz

That's exactly what happened although the police report says something to the contrary. (I'm not surprised)

Tomas DeLa Noche
Tomas DeLa Noche

Let me guess, they didnt find a gun in the stolen vehicle? looked like he was trying to hide from those beanbags to me. i would have done the same shit. cops are gettin more and more trigger happy

Kakashi86
Kakashi86

He gave up and the dumb fucking cop shot him with his hands in the air and his back turned to him. To the murdering cop who shot him ur a coward and you murdered a man that had no weapon with his hands in the air. Your a fucking disgrace to the badge to wear and you sure the fuck don't deserve to wear it. And it's my constitutional right to tell you what I think of you and your fucking dishonorable action by taking this mans life what's next shooting a old lady for going in ur purse for her senior citizens drivers license when you pull her over for doing the speed limit. Now live with the fucking life you took the same fucking life that didn't have a weapon and sure the fuck didn't pose a threat to yours with his hands high in the fucking air with just that air in his hands

Ruben Vazquez
Ruben Vazquez

Watch the video carefully. He has something in his right hand from the very beginning. He deserved it.....period

robert803
robert803

@152604382 No, the cops should have obeyed there procedures and not shot a man after he had raised his hands in the air.

TiredofCrookedcops
TiredofCrookedcops

@DNichols It is hard to obey when you just got bean bagged and shot by an army assault taser. The man should still be alive. He was murder by that officer with the Pinal County Sheriffs office. They still haven't given a name nor have they given the true facts. It is yet to be known if the car was even stolen as it belonged to his sister.He had no weapon. Babeau the So called sheriff said it was justified. Never mind the fact that the officer that shot Manual had a DUI last year and an assault. The Pinal County Sheriffs Supervisor for that day had called off the persuit but the officers did what they wanted anyway. The pinal county sheriffs officers hires nothing but cowards. They shot him cold blooded in the back. Why was this officer still an officer if he had a previous DUI and assault. I'm sorry but I really think Manual Got killed because he was hispanic and the officer got away with it because he was Caucasian. Justice needs to be served.

Kakashi86
Kakashi86

Yeah he likes raping undocumented immigrants cuz they won't file charges but az lefty likes taking it in the ass from him

gtnoriega554
gtnoriega554

Maybe he didn't put his arms up fast enough.

TiredofCrookedcops
TiredofCrookedcops

He was catching himself so he wouldn't fall. Your assumptions are wrong.  And he had his hands up and his back to all the officers when that idiot officer shot him cold blooded in the back. Watch the video again. This is and was totally unjustified. Cops in Pinal County , Casa Grande and Eloy are all dirty. Everyone needs  to start carrying video Cameras or Phones. I have seen alot of crooked things they do and have also seen them all cover for each other. They , the Police, are worse criminals then the criminals themselves.

gtnoriega554
gtnoriega554

They have been watching too much stuff on TV. 

tomjustbro
tomjustbro

that's horse shit. what video did you watch.

TiredofCrookedcops
TiredofCrookedcops

Whatever, you should be on the side with the cops as you are as crooked as they are. So what if he had his hand behind his back. They tased him that is why it supposedly looked like he was trying to get into the car, he was actually trying to catch himself from falling. As he gets up he looks toward the officers , puts his hands up and turns around when they shot him cold blooded in the back. And if you watch the video correctly which you obviously haven't, the Cops are the ones that ram the car that Manual is driving so the cops lied on that toooooooooo. Never mind the fact that they don't even know for sure if the car is stolen as it belonged to his sister. Also they , the Pinal county Sheriffs department had gotten a call to cease the chase it was getting to dangerous and not one of those officers listened. Bunch of so called Robo Cops killing and hurting innocent people. Sad part is that everone would of believe the so called sheriff had these videos not surfaced. And their training does not teach them to shoot innocent people . There training teached them to watch the criminals hands at all times. Never mind the fact that this Pig is still working , he got a DUI and an assault last year why is he still working? Somebody needs to do their homework.

WeTrust50
WeTrust50

Exactly what I said! So true!

gtnoriega554
gtnoriega554

@WeTrust50 If you are a democratic black man, you already have a target on your back as far as the cops are concerned.

tomjustbro
tomjustbro

@WeTrust50 How can you a "democratic black man" justify murder by cop. anyone who isn't a racist pig who saw this video   is witnessing a murder. Sometimes people don't comply right away so do cops just suppose to kill everyone who runs from them. Dude this is 2014 not 1960 when stop or I'll shoot was called justified.

TiredofCrookedcops
TiredofCrookedcops

@WeTrust50 He didn't ram anybody, look at the video the police rammed him. He had no gun what so ever and all those so called officers for one guy? Really? And then the Pinal County sheriffs Supervisor had called the chase off and not one officer listened. Its is all taped and videoed. Ive seen these dirty police officers do their work, I would feel safer with a person off the street being a police officer. Also they still don't know if the car was even stolen as the car belonged to his sister Genius.

THE_JUDGE
THE_JUDGE

he didn't have a gun, genius

TiredofCrookedcops
TiredofCrookedcops

@studboi1 I agree and now that more and more is coming out the gay sheriff won't interview. All the lies are being found out.

gtnoriega554
gtnoriega554

When you are a bad cop, stuff like this will happen.

TiredofCrookedcops
TiredofCrookedcops

Only God can Judge. We have a judicial system that should take care of that not a bunch of Badge wearing , gun carrying thugs. And your right Karma bites us all. Bad shit happens to everyone even the good people. I see it on a daily basis . Nobody is excluded.

TiredofCrookedcops
TiredofCrookedcops

Whatever , maybe you deserve it nobody deserves to be shot in the back. What if it would of been one of your family members? How would you feel then?  And then it was his sisters car. All them cowardly cops couldn't take care of one person. whatever.

DNichols
DNichols

@Tired of crookedcops

You make a good point, if he was hit with bean bags and tasers prior to his sudden dash to the car door?!

I hope this case gets an "Honest" investigation.

That said if Babeu is involved "Honesty" is already out the window.

Babeu is a Sick, Sexual Pervert, that while the head of a wayward teens School in Mary Land had an affair with one of the seventeen year old Boys entrusted to his Sick ass care.

Babeu is a waste of oxygen.

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