PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Police have released Taser video showing the confrontation between former Portsmouth police officer Stephen Rankin and William Chapman II.
On Thursday, a jury found Rankin guilty of voluntary manslaughter in Chapman’s 2015 shooting death.
The two videos released Friday show the moments before and after Rankin fired his gun outside the Walmart on Frederick Boulevard.
“Take your hand out of your pocket.”
Rankin can be heard in the first video repeating the command several times during the scuffle with Chapman in the 11-second video captured from the Taser. Then, the video cuts out out.
In court, witnesses testified that Chapman knocked the taser out of Rankin’s hand. Taser International said the fall could have potentially affected the recording.
Others testified that Chapman had his hands up before shots were fired. The video doesn’t show the final moments.
The second video — also from Rankin’s Taser — begins recording after the shooting, from the street.
“Don’t die on me boy.”
In the video, it sounds as if Rankin is saying, “don’t die on me,” as a witness watches. About two minutes later, sirens can be heard.
A minute later, it appears Rankin is running back and forth in the video as the sirens grow louder, drowning out what’s said next. Soon, more officers arrive. They can be seen posting crime scene tape and walking back and forth for a few more minutes before the video cuts off again.
The gap between the two videos is when Chapman is shot.
The jury recommended Rankin spend two years and six months in prison. He will be formally sentenced by Judge Johnny Morrison on October 12.
Rankin’s attorneys say they plan to appeal the verdict.