San Antonio Teenager Shot by Police Officer Arrested for Theft

SAN ANTONIO — A teenager from San Antonio, who was shot by a police officer in October 2022, has been arrested in an unrelated case and charged with theft.

According to court records in Bexar County, Erik Cantu and another teenager were charged with theft ranging from $100 to less than $750, following an incident on June 28. Cantu was able to post bail the following day.

Unfortunately, there is no available arrest affidavit with further details about this specific incident.

The case has been assigned to Bexar County Court No. 15, and the arraignment is scheduled for July 31.

On October 2, 2022, Cantu was sitting in a McDonald’s parking lot, eating food, when former SAPD officer James Brennand approached him.

Brennand opened Cantu’s driver’s side door and instructed him to exit the vehicle. As the car began to reverse, the officer fired five shots at close range, directly into the car.

While the car drove away, the officer fired five additional rounds. The teenager sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Initially, Cantu faced charges in connection with the incident. However, footage from a body camera later revealed the sequence of events, leading to the charges against Cantu being dropped.

Brennand was terminated from his position six days after the shooting. He was subsequently charged with two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant. Later on, a grand jury indicted him for attempted murder.

After more than seven weeks of recovery, Cantu was discharged from the hospital on November 22, 2022.

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