Teen shot by Chandler officer succumbs to injuries SanTan Sun News

Teen shot by Chandler officer succumbs to injuries

February 2nd, 2021 Editorial Staff

SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF

A 17-year-old boy shot by a Chandler police earlier this month during a chase has died.

Anthony Cano, a former Chandler High School student, was shot the night of Jan. 2 after he allegedly ignored commands from an officer who was chasing the teenager through Gazelle Meadows Park.

Cano was holding a firearm at the moment he was shot twice in the back, Chandler Police said. The officer was not harmed during the incident.

Cano spent several weeks in the hospital before succumbing to his injuries on Jan. 23.

The teenager’s family say his death has caused great stress at a time when the Canos have had to deal with several other tragedies.

“Our entire family is completely devastated to have lost such a vital part of our family,” said Eva Cano, the teen’s aunt. “Anthony was the fourth loss in our family in the month of January.”

Known as “Peanut” among his family and friends, Cano was remembered as a joyful, fun-loving kid who loved sports and clowning around.

Cano’s family declined comment on the circumstances surrounding his death but said they hope that “truth and justice” will come to light after all the investigations conclude.

Eva Cano said she hopes her nephew’s death might spur a positive impact on the community by possibly preventing a similar incident from happening to someone else.

“If this incident saves another teenager or another family from having to go through a tragedy as we have, I’m positive Anthony’s heart would be more than happy,” she added.

According to Chandler Police, one of its officers noticed Cano riding a bicycle without a front headlight near Nevada and Erie streets at about 9 p.m. on Jan. 2. The officer observed Cano moving through both lanes of traffic and attempted to stop him.

After Cano ignored the flashing lights of the officer’s vehicle, a chase ensued that eventually led to a nearby park. The officer’s body-worn camera documented Cano running away from the officer as commands were being yelled out for him to stop.

Cano allegedly dropped a firearm he had been carrying while running through the park. As he stopped to pick up the gun, the officer fired two shots at him.

Chandler Police did not disclose the officer’s name. He has been placed on administrative leave while an internal and criminal investigation is conducted.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office will ultimately decide whether criminal charges should be filed against the officer. The case will additionally be reviewed by a panel of local residents assigned to probe police incidents involving violence.

Cano’s death comes after a year that was dominated by civil unrest caused by officer-involved shootings seen throughout the country.

Several peaceful protests took place across Chandler last summer after the high-profile death of George Floyd, who was killed during an altercation with police officers in Minnesota.

In response to the protests, Chandler Police announced in October it was implementing extra layers of accountability to its review process for incidents involving officers who use force against a civilian.

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