EXCLUSIVE: Dash cam video shows moments before deadly Odessa shooting

EXCLUSIVE: Dash cam video shows moments before deadly Odessa shooting

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Dash cam footage obtained exclusively by KWES-TV shows the dramatic moments leading up to a deadly officer-involved shooting last month in Odessa.

Jason Wade Meador, 50, was fatally shot March 10 by law enforcement following a police standoff that lasted less than an hour.

Authorities responded to reports of a suicidal subject in the 1200 block of Douglas Drive and found Meador "distraught and uncooperative" in an alley behind his home, police said.

He was armed and appeared to pose a threat to himself and others, according to investigators.

Police dash cam footage, made available to media this week, shows Meador standing in a dumpster and pouring liquid from a red canister over his head.

The substance was gasoline, authorities confirmed, and forced officers to begin evacuation procedures in the neighborhood.

Meador had threatened to soak his clothing in the flammable liquid and "set himself on fire," according to witnesses.

Officers can be heard negotiating with him for nearly 30 minutes in the dash cam video.

"Don't do it, bro, don't do it," an unidentified officer pleaded with Meador.

More than a dozen law enforcement personnel from the Odessa Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the U.S. Marshal's Service surrounded the scene and shouted at Meador to drop his weapon.

Authorities opened fire after he failed to comply and "pointed a handgun at officers," according to DPS officials.

Meador was later pronounced dead at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, officials said.

Odessa Police Cpl. Keith Almonte was identified as his shooter and placed on administrative duty following the incident.

Almonte returned to active duty this month after an Ector County grand jury declined to indict him for his role in Meador's death.

Meador had family in Odessa and worked for the Ector County Sheriff's Office from December 1989 until April 1995, officials said.

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