Newly-released dash cam video shows a wild brawl between police and a family in a Cottonwood, Arizona, Walmart parking lot that led to a fatal shooting.
According to The Arizona Republic, the fight broke out on March 21 after police responded to a call about someone shoving a woman who worked at the store.
In the video, officers can be seen arriving at the scene and approaching a group of men later identified as members of the Graver family. An officer can be heard saying "we need to separate these folks and talk to them."
"No you're not going to separate me from my family," one of the men replies in the video.
The men then began shoving the officers and the conflict escalated into a brawl. Officers can be seen on the ground taking blows throughout the video.
Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning said the Gravers' "main mode of fighting is to grab the officers faces, eyes, ears and mouth and pull as hard as they possibly can," KPHO reported. The chief said that after the men were hit with Tasers they would "roll to try to break the strings so the electricity stops."
During the fight, Enoch Graver, 21, took Sgt. Jeremy Daniels' gun and shot him in the leg, the Republic reported. Officer Rick Hicks responded by hitting Graver with a baton.
When the baton proved ineffective, Hicks shot and killed Graver.
Another member of the family, 28-year-old David Graver, was shot in the abdomen but survived, ABC 15 reported.
Eight police officers were involved in the brawl, and Daniels can be seen at the end of the video limping away with the help of two other men.
Five members of the family ultimately were arrested and face charges related to the incident.
Hicks was placed on leave after the incident, but has since returned to duty. Daniels is still recovering from his injuries.
Fanning told the Republic the officers did a "very good job of restraining themselves." He also said that the initial call might have only resulted in a misdemeanor charge if the fight hadn't broken out.
"I have no reason why they decided to fight us,'' Fanning added.
Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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