Dashcam video of University of North Texas student’s shooting by campus cop …

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Dashcam footage released of moment police fatally shoot ax-wielding University of North Texas student (WARNINGDec. 13, 2015: This image take from dashcam video shows University of North Texas student Ryan McMillan seconds before he was shot and killed by a campus police officer in Denton, Texas. (Texas Department of Public Safety) Ryan McMillan, 21, was shot and killed by UNT Police Cpl. Stephen Bean early Sunday after Bean responded to a report that McMillan was smashing car windows with an ax in a parking garage near the campus in Denton.

Stephen Bean, 27, who joined the UNT Police Department on Sept. 19, 2011. “The Texas Rangers investigation is still active and we will continue cooperating fully with the Rangers until the investigation is completed,” said UNT Police Chief Ed Reynolds. “We look forward to the investigation’s conclusion.” (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. Police had received a 911 call an hour prior that someone was destroying property in the area of West Oak and Fry streets, officer Ryan Grelle, a Denton police spokesman, has said. The Texas Rangers, who are investigating, and the Denton County district attorney’s office approved the release of 47 seconds of the in-car video the night of the shooting. After Bean’s vehicle comes to a stop, McMillan is seen stepping off the curb and crossing in front of the patrol car, holding a hatchet in his right hand.

McMillan continues to walk toward Bean, ignoring the officer’s warnings and repeatedly saying “Shoot me.” Bean fires three shots as McMillan moves to within 5 or 6 feet of him. In the audio recording, Bean has gotten out of his patrol car and orders McMillan to “back away” several times as he steps back from McMillan, drawing his gun.

Dakota Seymour, McMillan’s cousin, said he started looking for video of Sunday’s incident on social media. “I don’t know why it takes so long to let the public or family view a dash cam or body cam video,” Seymour said. “It can be viewed in an instant, so it should be no trouble. Why do they have to look at it first?” The university declined to provide the Denton Record-Chronicle with a written policy on the use of deadly force.

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