WATCH: Officer Sobs After Killing Unarmed Suspect
Heartbreaking dash cam video captures a Montana police officer breaking down in tears moments after he shoots an unarmed suspect during a traffic stop.
Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison shot and killed 38-year-old Richard Ramirez when he allegedly saw Ramirez repeatedly dropping his left hand to his waist.
Dash cam video shows that Ramirez, who was a meth addict and had been named as the suspect in a robbery and shooting the night before, was told multiple times to raise his hands before he was shot.
Officers did not find a weapon in the vehicle, just a syringe.
A coroner's jury ruled last week that the April 2014 shooting was a noncriminal, justifiable homicide.
Morrison shot Ramirez — who was a passenger, and later was found to be unarmed, in the back seat of a car — three times during an April 14, 2014, traffic stop in an alley off of Fifth Avenue South and State Avenue.
The seven-person jury deliberated for a little more than an hour to conclude the two-day inquest, which featured testimony from police officers, investigators, experts, witnesses and Morrison himself before concluding that Morrison's actions were justified.
The verdict is a recommendation to the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office, which has final say on whether to pursue charges in the case. County Attorney Scott Twito said after the inquest that it is unlikely his office will seek charges.
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(WARNING: Video contains graphic language and content)