Ariane McCree Wiki – Ariane McCree Bio
Ariane McCree, who was handcuffed behind his back at the time of the shooting, died in the Nov. 23 incident.
Ariane McCree Released Death Video By Police
The Chester Police Department released an official body camera video showing the fatal shooting of a black suspect outside Walmart last November. The video released to The Herald on Friday morning shows an officer with his drawn weapon approaching the suspect. The video also shows the shooting, and officers then remove a pistol from the suspect’s body. There are also improved photos showing the weapon in the suspect’s possession.
The Herald shows only a limited segment of the video to skip some of the more graphic scenes. The body camera video has no audio, Chester Police Chief Eric Williams said. According to the State Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, McCree had a gun and was charged against police while in handcuffs. The South Carolina attorney general’s office said in a written statement, based on video and witness statements, that the shooting of two officers was in self-defense. No charges were filed against the officers.
Much of the incident was captured on police body camera video, dash camera video, and store video. Williams released the body camera video after The Herald and others asked that the video be made public.
Police Investigation & Report
The SLED investigative report of the incident, provided to The Herald in March when prosecutors made the decision not to file criminal charges, did not say police investigators found forensic evidence that McCree had fired the weapon. The two officers involved in the fatal shooting will not face charges, the Attorney General’s office said in March.
“The Chief of Police is telling the community he is sworn to protect that Ariane aimed and fired a handgun while both arms were handcuffed behind his back, and despite the fact that SLED confirmed the weapon they say he had was never fired,” McLeod said in the statement. “I guess Chief Williams also has some beachfront property in Oklahoma he would like to sell.”
SLED did investigate the shooting.
Williams told The Herald that McCree had the gun and aimed it, but Williams and the SLED investigative report did not say McCree fired the gun.
The gun belonged to McCree and had been purchased by McCree at a Rock Hill pawn shop in 2016, according to the SLED investigative report.
The SLED investigative report from the incident, provided to The Herald in March when the decision was made by prosecutors to not file criminal charges, did not say law enforcement investigators found forensic evidence that McCree had fired the gun.
Two Chester officers, Nicholas Harris and Justin Baker, told investigators they shot and killed McCree only after the former Chester High School football standout aimed his pistol at them while fleeing an arrest for shoplifting. Their accounts match some eyewitnesses who said they saw McCree carrying the gun at his right hip. Others claimed they saw McCree firing the gun at officers. But there were also witnesses who say they never saw him carrying a gun at all.