An attorney working with the girlfriend of Darryel Dwayne Ferguson—the man shot by two officers in his apartment hallway last year after they said he pointed a replica handgun at them—says police this week have recovered security camera footage of the incident previously thought to be unavailable.

The attorney, Benjamin Haile, told police officials about the video earlier this week and asked police to make the video public. Haile then sent me a letter this morning that said police had obtained a copy of the video Friday from the apartment manager of the complex where Ferguson was shot.

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Reached by phone this morning, Robert "BA" Amsden, the manager, confirmed that police had taken a copy of the video. But he also said they took "the only copy." In detective reports issued after the shooting, Amsden had told police that the cameras in the hallway outside Ferguson's apartment weren't working properly.

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No word back yet from police bureau spokesmen. After the jump, I've copied the letter Haile sent to the bureau and the office of Independent Police Review.

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