On September 28, 2017, a Superior Court Judge granted petitions filed by Action NC and The Charlotte Observer requesting the release of body-worn camera video footage related to the officer involved shooting of Rueben Galindo.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department did not object to the release of the body-worn camera video footage during court proceedings.
On Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at 9:10 p.m., Officers Courtney Suggs and David Guerra responded to an armed person call for service. Upon arrival, the officers observed Rueben Galindo outside of the apartment complex armed with a gun. Officers gave multiple commands to Mr. Galindo to drop the weapon. Mr. Galindo refused to drop the gun and the officers perceived an imminent deadly threat. The officers subsequently fired their weapons striking Mr. Galindo and immediately requested Medic.
Medic responded and pronounced Mr. Galindo deceased on the scene.
Detectives recovered the gun Mr. Galindo was holding at the time of the shooting.
As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau is conducting a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident. Both officers are currently on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigations. This is standard protocol whenever an officer discharges his or her firearm.
To date, the investigation has revealed:
- When Mr. Galindo called 911, a Spanish-speaking interpreter was immediately patched into the conversation.
- While on the phone with 911, Mr. Galindo repeatedly said he had a gun and that the gun was not loaded. Mr. Galindo did not respond to numerous questions asked in Spanish about what he intended to do with the gun.
- During the conversation, Mr. Galindo said had been consuming alcohol and gave conflicting statements concerning whether he had also taken drugs. As is the case with any death investigation, the toxicology report will reveal if Mr. Galindo had drugs or alcohol in his system.
- Mr. Galindo was instructed repeatedly in Spanish to place the gun in a safe place before officers arrived. Additionally, Mr. Galindo was instructed in Spanish to show officers his hands upon their arrival.
- Mr. Galindo’s demeanor and vague responses made it impossible for CMPD to determine why he called 911 or why he wanted a police officer to respond.
- Officers, who arrived at his home, repeatedly instructed Mr. Galindo to show them his hands and to drop the gun. Some of those commands were communicated in Spanish.
- Officers fired their weapons after perceiving an imminent deadly threat.
- Officers immediately cleared the home following the shooting to ensure no additional threats were present to its occupants, community members or officers on the scene.
- Officers located several children and adults in the home and removed them safely to ensure there were no additional threats.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. The CMPD will continue to keep our community updated of any additional developments.
Anyone with information involving this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Burkard is the lead detective assigned to the case. Community members may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Below are links to both the body-worn camera footage and still images of the incident in addition to the court order. Viewer discretion is recommended due to the graphic nature of the video footage.