#childmolestor | First time video from a GUN-mounted camera used to convict man who shot a police officer

A suspected child molester from Texas has been found guilty of shooting a cop after what is believed to be the first-ever gun-mounted camera footage of an officer-involved shooting was introduced as evidence in court.

A jury in February found Walter Orellana, 24, guilty of opening fire on Vernon police Corporal T.J. Session and wounding him as he attempted to execute a felony arrest warrant in April 2019.

Orellana was found guilty of using deadly force against a police officer and sentenced to 40 years in prison after just 30 minutes of deliberation on February 13.

On April 27, 2019, Vernon police Corporal TJ Session arrived at a home to execute an arrest warrant on a suspected child molester 

Session confronted Walter Orellana (left), who gave him a fake name

Session noticed a gun inside the suspect's car and drew his own weapon, activating a camera mounted on it

Session confronted Walter Orellana (left), who gave him a fake name. Session noticed a gun inside the suspect’s car and drew his own weapon, activating a camera mounted on it

The officer's Viridian-brand weapon-mounted camera caught Orellana reaching for a sawed -off shotgun (left). The screenshot on the right shows Session's body camera video

The officer’s Viridian-brand weapon-mounted camera caught Orellana reaching for a sawed -off shotgun (left). The screenshot on the right shows Session’s body camera video 

The officer and the suspect exchanged gunfire and Session fell to the ground wounded

The officer and the suspect exchanged gunfire and Session fell to the ground wounded 

Viridian Weapons Technologies, the manufacturer of gun-mounted cameras deployed by the Vernon Police Department, stated that the case against Orellana hinged on the video from Session’s service weapon.

The company hailed the trial as an historic event and boasted that it was the world’s first-ever officer-involved shooting to be captured by a gun camera, reported Texomas Homepage. 

Video released by the tech manufacturer shows the officer approach Orellana shirtless sitting in his car on April 27, 2019, in Vernon, Texas.

The initial portion of the video came from Session’s body camera, before he drew his weapon and activated the camera mounted on it. 

Session is seen confronting Orellana and asking if his name is Walter. The suspect gives a false name and pretends as if he does not know why the officer is talking to him. 

Moments later, he reaches for his gun, prompting Session to draw his own weapon, activating the camera. 

Footage from the gun-mounted recorder shows Orellana pointing a sawed-off shotgun at the officer, who opens fire on the suspect in the car.   

The cop shot Orellana eight times inside his vehicle, as the video shows

The cop shot Orellana eight times inside his vehicle, as the video shows

The video was entered into evidence during Orellana's trial last month and helped convict him  of using deadly force against a police officer

The video was entered into evidence during Orellana’s trial last month and helped convict him  of using deadly force against a police officer 

Orellana, 24, who was previously accused of molesting an eight-year-old girl in 2013, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison

Orellana, 24, who was previously accused of molesting an eight-year-old girl in 2013, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison 

The two men exchange shots, with the officer falling to the ground after being hit and retreating to safety. 

Orellana was shot eight times during the gun battle, while Session was left with 41 shotgun pellets lodged in his body. Both men have since recovered.  

‘The footage had a big impact on the jury,” 46th judicial District Attorney Staley Heatly said. ‘They asked to see the video more than once, and when they had it in the jury room, they reviewed it several times.’

Times Record News reported that Orellana, a Honduras native, was accused in 2016 of continuous sexual assault of a girl when she was eight and nine years old between 2013-2014, while he was  staying with the victim’s family after arriving in the US. 

In November 2018, the Vernon Police Department became one of the first law enforcement agencies in the nation – and the first in Texas – to purchase weapon-mounted cameras for its officers as part of a pilot program. 

In February 2019, the department bought 20 such devices for $620 each for every officer on the force. 


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