A California police officer chased an armed suspect through a Walgreens — repeatedly telling the man to drop his gun — before a second cop shot him, dramatic bodycam video shows.
The footage, released Monday, shows an officer approaching Daniel Ahlschlager, 30, of New York, inside a Modesto Walgreens on Oct. 21.
Police Chief Galen Carroll said in a video statement that Ahlschlager was a passenger in a speeding car that just pulled into the pharmacy, where he hopped out and went inside as the driver parked the vehicle.
Inside the store, officer Justin Canatsy, who was assigned to a gang unit, asked Ahlschlager if he was armed, prompting him to say “Hell no” before indicating he badly needed to use a bathroom while walking away, video shows.
Canatsy then tells Ahlschlager to “relax” and that he’s being detained, setting off a frantic chase through the pharmacy’s aisles. At one point, Ahlschlager stumbles and can be seen holding a gun, the footage shows.
“Hey, stop, bro!” Canatsy tells the suspect. “Stop! Get on the ground! Stop! Hey, you got to drop the gun, bro!”
Ahlschlager, who repeatedly pleads with the officer to stop chasing him, then slows to a walk in one aisle while saying, “Hey, I’m gonna shoot,” according to the clip.
He continued to ignore Canatsy’s commands and again ran away from the officer until stopping behind a pallet of merchandise in a greeting card aisle, where a second officer, Martin Lemus, shot him, police said.
“Lay down on the ground!” Cantasy yells. “Lay down! Hands up! Hands up!”
Ahlschlager is then taken into custody while claiming not to have any weapons, the clip shows.
Ahlschlager, meanwhile, has a “long criminal history” in Virginia and New York, including armed robbery, theft and drug charges, Carroll said.
He was treated for his injuries following the shooting and remained jailed late Monday on charges including assault on a peace officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Modesto Bee reported.
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