Friday, October 26, 2018

Family of San Antonio Teen Fatally Shot by Officer Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 12:23 PM

click to enlarge SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Shutterstock
The family of the San Antonio teen accidentally shot by police last week has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local government and the officer involved, alleging he used "excessive force."

Federal court records indicate the family of Charles Roundtree has taken legal action after a San Antonio Police Department officer fatally shot the 18-year-old on October 17. The department has since named Officer Steve Casanova, a five-year veteran of the force, as the shooter.

A day after the shooting, Chief William McManus said Casanova was called to a home on the West Side that is known for drug activity. While responding to an assault call, Casanova said the suspect, Davante Snowden, Roundtree and an unidentified woman were hanging out at the home and began cursing at him when he arrived.

The lawsuit claims that Casanova entered the home and shined a bright light inside without identifying himself as law enforcement.

After initial reports that Casanova pulled his weapon after seeing a firearm in Roundtree's waistband, McManus clarified last Thursday that the officer "used deadly force" after seeing a weapon in Snowden's waistband.

Casanova then fired multiple shots, one striking Snowden in his rear and another fatally striking Roundtree in the chest. The lawsuit alleges that Casanova opened fire as the two men and the woman tried to make their way to the back of the house. The lawsuit also claims that Casanova didn't provide medical attention to Roundtree at the scene.

Snowden, 23, was transported to a hospital following the shooting, and has since been charged with felony gun possession. The lawsuit is challenging SAPD's story, alleging that Snowden wasn't armed.

Casanova has since been placed on administrative duty, which is part of the department's protocol after an officer-involved shooting. This may not be good enough for Roundtree's family as the lawsuit claims that SAPD is known for not providing officers with adequate training, supervision or discipline.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.



Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation