Report: Park Ranger Shoots Unarmed Man Through Heart, Handcuffs His Dead Body

Screengrab / KOB 4

Sarah Shaiman

With 26 seconds of body cam footage lost, DA Dianna Luce stated it will difficult to see if the shooting was justified.

Body cam footage from a Carlsbad Caverns National Park park ranger has revealed the visitor he tased, shot, and killed had never provoked the ranger and was unarmed, according to a KOB 4 report

  • Charles “Gage” Lorentz was stopped by National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell for speeding on a dirt road. Lorentz had made a detour traveling home from work to meet a friend in the park. 

The lapel video shows Ranger Mitchell ordered Lorentz to spread his feet and move closer to a railing.  Lorentz is seen complying with those orders.  But when the ranger orders Lorentz to turn around, Lorentz is seen in the video not complying and dancing to nearby music playing from someone’s vehicle.  Ranger Mitchell commanded Lorentz to take his hands out of his pockets, and without warning or an announcement that force will be used; Ranger Mitchell deployed his Taser at Lorentz. 

  • There are 26 seconds missing from the video. However, when the video resumes, Ranger Mitchell can be seen on top of Lorentz where he is shot twice. 
  • Ranger Mitchell claimed in the missing footage Lorentz became aggressive with him: “I went dry stun, he hit me somewhere right here on the side of my head.  The fight was on, he grabbed me around the neck, he tried to push my head into the push bar and I came up and fired one round.  I don't know if I got him or not, but I definitely got him on the second one and he crumbled.”
  • However, three witnesses claim Lorentz only fought back after Ranger Mitchell lunged at him first. 
  • After Lorentz was shot and killed, Ranger Mitchell handcuffed him, declaring him “under arrest.” 

Mr. Lorentz’s family has struggled deeply with his death, feeling as though some of the full story is missing. 

District Attorney Dianna Luce stated it will be difficult to tell if the shooting is justified if the 26 missing seconds cannot be recovered. 

According to the autopsy report, the first shot to the thigh missed a major artery and was survivable. However, the second shot fatally went through Mr. Lorentz’ heart. 

Read more here. 

Comments (19)
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marehare
marehare

So camera worked fine till the shooting and then it mysteriously lost video?
What a lie. The ranger murdered the young man in cold blood.
When I'm stopped by police, they don't ask me to get out of my car. Why are brown and black people treated differently than white people?

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Delnaga
Delnaga

What the hell does race have to do with it? Its a white ranger killing a white man...

DLM*
DLM*

RACISM!

DLM*
DLM*

Ok--perhaps you prefer murderous, sociopath! Feel better now?

nemo9512
nemo9512

Moral of the story just like myself when you are LAW ABIDING citizen, you respect and do as you are told. When an OFFICER asks me to get out of my car I GET OUT OF MY CAR!! IF THE OFFICER TELLS TO JUMP ROPE U JUMP AND JUMP HIGH!!! What is wrong with this ME ME ME SOCIETY?? Lets all go burn our neighborhoods to the ground WTF??????

chrizofer
chrizofer

It is called systemic racism. It has always been there but with the current occupant of the Oval Office it has been given complicit acceptance.

Alex Alamo
Alex Alamo

Hard to justify. Speeding is not a capital or violent offense justifying use of force. If the guy would not cooperate just call for assistance. If he seeks to flee by that time you have an image of him on your body cam and his vehicle license number. That would just add another offense. Hard to figure how it should have been pressed to the point where he was shot twice.

Fridge
Fridge

Another example of an inept officer. And FYI to everyone saying it's indicative of "systematic racism", you're wrong. Cops kill us all equally and they're just as corrupt towards white folks. Statistics back this up.

DonWatt
DonWatt

If his bodycam "lost" its video, the judge should assume maleficence, and the Ranger should have an added charge of destruction of evidence

25 Straight
25 Straight

If the video goes off, it creates a very strong suspicion that things did not transpire as the officer described. If they did everything correctly and are telling the truth, the video should back up their story. Yes, electronic devices fail, but it seems to happen with unusual frequency when the situation involves a fatal shooting of an unarmed citizen and there should be consequences for impeding an investigation in that manner.

DigitalDogma
DigitalDogma

Just one look at this overweight, out of shape, slack-jawed moron told me everything I needed to know.

This was murder, period.

Mitchell didn't like Lorentz mocking him by dancing, so just like every other barely trained, barely verbal bully with a badge, he escalated to lethal force, and covered up what he did.

End of story.

Valleyofhorses
Valleyofhorses

The point is , that when law abiding citizens who happen to be brown or black,, are asked to get out of their car, good behavior still GETS THEM KILLED, and that is WHAT YOU DONT GET.

aratinga
aratinga

More AmeriKKKan Gestapo! Add to your collection.

grungerocker1983
grungerocker1983

This is what happens when you give low IQ retarded terrorists a badge and a gun


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