Mom seeks answers after her son is shot and killed by police

1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, August 25 2020 Aug 25, 2020 August 25, 2020 7:10 AM August 25, 2020 in News - Local

Days after a San Benito police officer shot and killed her son, Nora Villarreal is searching for answers.

Officers shot her son, 21-year-old Samuel Mata, on the night of Aug. 19, when they responded to a disturbance near the intersection of South Bonham Street and East Powers Street, according to a news release from the San Benito Police Department.

According to the police department, the disturbance resulted from an argument about the use of a car.

When a police officer attempted to de-escalate the situation, Mata "brandished a revolver and pointed it at his mother," according to the news release. Mata also pointed the revolver at police Officer Oscar Lara, who shot and killed him.

Villarreal, though, said she didn't see a gun.

"I did not see not one weapon on him. He was wearing loose khaki shorts and a t-shirt," Villarreal said. "I didn't see a weapon on him."

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