Taxpayers in Bexar County may be on the hook for legal damages in a lawsuit filed by the family of a 6-year-old who was shot to death by sheriff’s deputies in 2017, WOIA reported.
On Monday, attorney Tom Crosley filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the family of Kameron Prescott, who was shot by deputies while playing in his bedroom during Christmas vacation. The lawsuit names not only Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar and the four deputies involved in the shooting, but also Bexar County taxpayers, Crosley said.
The deputies – John Aguillon, George Herrera, Jesse Arias and Johnny Longoria – converged on the home of Christopher Prescott while hunting on foot for suspected car thief Amanda Jones.
The radio station reported that the Prescotts didn’t know the suspect or have a connection to the investigation. Jones presumably entered the Prescott home to hide. MySanAntonio reported that, moments after Christopher Prescott demanded that Jones leave his residence, she was shot by deputies while standing on his porch.
Crosley told WOIA that although deputies had no indication Jones was armed, they fired at least 14 bullets at her, killing Jones and mortally wounding Kameron.
Crosley said bodycam footage shows a burst of gunfire from officers after Jones was felled, MySanAntonio reported. Kameron was hit twice.
Crosley pointed out that Christopher Prescott couldn’t be with his dying son because he was detained by deputies. Kameron died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
“The deputies never should have fired their assault rifles toward an occupied trailer home.” Crosley told WOIA. “Mr. Prescott heard his little boy cry out, ‘Ouch, Daddy, ouch!’ yet he could not help. Moments after the shooting, deputies raided the home, put Mr. Prescott on the ground and handcuffed him. He was not even allowed to help his young son.”
In March, a Bexar County grand jury decided not to indict the four deputies.