Video from Fatal Shooting of Texas Police SWAT Officer Released

Nov. 29, 2023
Austin police released body camera footage and radio communication in connection with a standoff that left SWAT Officer Jorge Pastore dead and another officer injured.

Body camera footage and radio traffic from the fatal shooting of a Texas police officer earlier this month was released Tuesday.

Austin Police SWAT Officer Jorge Pastore was shot and killed Nov. 11 when he was part of a response to a home from a woman who said she had been stabbed, KVUE-TV reports. A SWAT standoff ensued when police reached the scene, and gunfire erupted twice when officers tried entered to enter the home.

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When the incident ended, four people were dead—including Pastore and the gunman, Ahmed Mohamed Nassar—and an officer was injured. The victim who called 9-1-1 escaped the home and was later found by police.

Video released Tuesday shows a SWAT unit called in after Nassar opened fire on police when they tried to enter the home. Footage from an officer's camera shows him using "distraction devices" as police breach the home.

Nassar began shooting again, and police returned fire. Pastore and Nassar were killed in the exchange.

The shooting is under criminal and administrative investigations.

Pastore, 38, began as a cadet with the department in 2019, graduating in January 2020. He worked in a variety of capacities with the agency, including serving on the SWAT gold team and the honor guard. He is survived by his wife and two stepsons.

 

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