(Reviewing the evidence)
Ortega: Sergeant Adams and Officer Bell were making a routine traffic stop on a Buick, before they were able to effect the stop a stolen Caprice intervened. Adams said that they just cut 'em off and started firing. They were followed in the pursuit by Officer's Carroll and Davis and Detective's Brass and Curtis. The Caprice TC'ed during the pursuit. They just kept firing.
Vartaan: We got three of them off of prints. Priors for narcotics, and connections to the Mexican Mafia.
Ecklie: In addition, the additional set of prints found in the car came back to a Jose Fausto, the guy shot at the motel.
UnderSheriff McKeen: I've heard enough about him. Why would these knuckleheads pull in front of a police car making a traffic stop and engage us in a gun fight?
Ortega: If the Buick was moving drugs, maybe the Caprice was providing security. Keeping the cops and rival gang members away.
Ecklie: We don't have a Buick, so there's no evidence to confirm that.
UnderSheriff McKeen: Well, if these guys are a bunch of drug dealing thugs, why on the news are they unarmed and we shot them in the back?
Ecklie: Because that's what the eyewitnesses are saying.
UnderSheriff McKeen: And that we shot an innocent high school kid.
Ecklie: Uh, Ricardo Estevez, male, Hispanic, shot in the alley east of third. Three entrance wounds to the front of the torso, none to the back. Ballistics matched the bullets to Sergeant Carroll's gun. Found a .45 auto recovered next to the body.
Ortega: Captain Brass states that he had it pointed at the suspect when he came around the corner.
Vartann: We have eyewitnesses who claim that they saw the suspect with his hands raised, just before he was shot.
UnderSheriff McKeen: Can you resolve this?
Ortega: Sergeant Carroll partially confirms eyewitness accounts. When Captain Brass approached he momentarily took his eyes off of the suspect, when he looked back the suspect was holding a gun.
Vartann: Probably pulled it from his waistband.
Ecklie: There's no evidence that puts a gun in the suspect's hand at that point.
UnderSheriff McKeen: What about the guy in the other alley?
Ecklie: Salvador Romero, 19, also shot in front. Autopsy's pending. Chemical tests show that he held a gun. You're not gonna believe this. A bullet from Officer Davis' gun hit the suspect's revolver, jamming the cylinder.
UnderSheriff McKeen: Well, that would mean that the gun had to be pointing at Officer Davis.
Vartann: There are several eyewitnesses saying that they saw him plant the gun on the body.
Ortega: It wasn't planted. It was mishandled.
UnderSheriff McKeen: Mishandled by who?
Ortega: Contrary to policy, Officer Davis prematurely picked up the gun. Detective Curtis instructed him to set it back down, which he did.
Ecklie: Well, an eyewitness seeing that could certainly misinterpret that as planting a gun. (Grissom walks in)
UnderSheriff McKeen: Please tell me you've got some good news.
Grissom: I have the autopsy findings on Leandro Chavez. He died of survivable wounds. Bled out at the crime scene waiting for transport.
Vartann: There's justification for this.
UnderSheriff McKeen: Yeah, well I can't wait to hear what that is.
Vartann: Paramedics prioritize transport of the injured. Downed officer first, civilians next and by the time they got to the suspect he'd passed on. Well, it's just a little retroactive birth control.
Ortega: You see this is the problem that the community has with us. You don't speak Spanish, so you think that they don't speak English and then when you run your mouth---
UnderSheriff McKeen: Alright, keep on point. Which one of these buttheads shot Officer Bell.
Grissom: We have reason to believe Officer Bell was killed by friendly fire. It was a through and through and we haven't recovered the bullet yet, it's a big crime scene.
UnderSheriff McKeen: Unacceptable. Get back out there and find that bullet, I don't care if it takes everybody you got working around the clock.
Grissom: I said we haven't found it yet. I didn't say we weren't looking.
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