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Austin Police Bean Bag Shooting Caught On Camera

Updated: Thursday, August 21 2014, 08:48 PM CDT

Grainy cell phone pictures are shedding some light on the tense situation that played out on Ashberry Street.

"It was supposed to be a regular traffic stop but turned into a little war zone," recalled Eugene Soliz.

According to an arrest affidavit, the black Ford was involved in several car burglaries and evidence from the burglaries was believed to be inside the SUV.  Cops ordered the rear passenger, Michael Brown (pictured), to get out of the SUV.

"They were yelling at them to come out the car.  Come out, come out," recalled Victoria Jaimes.

That same arrest report claimed Brown appeared to be using stall tactics, possibly attempting to conceal objects or reach for a weapon.  It goes on to say Brown's head and shoulders appeared to be moving back and forth as he was being given commands to exit.  Jaimes told KEYE TV a similar story.

"The guy in the back seat opened the door.  He was hesitating to come out. He got half of his body out," said Jaimes.

That's when officers shot Brown with what they call less-lethal bean bags. But to witnesses taking cell phone video, the shots sounded like the real deal, igniting a firestorm on social media.

"I thought it was the real bullets I couldn't believe they shot him but then we saw him get up and he was fine," added Jaimes.

Officers found an empty bottle on the floor board of the SUV which they claim was laced with PCP.  Brown is charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

(Photo from the Austin Police Department.)

By Alex Boyer

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Austin Police Bean Bag Shooting Caught On Camera

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