San Diego police suspects in last night’s shooting have been apprehended. One was treated at a nearby hospital for gunshot wounds, the other was caught on-the-run.
Over the last few weeks, police have been labeled both suspects and victims of shootings. However, in the most recent police shooting, San Diego police officers were added to the list of victims.
Two San Diego police officers were shot on July 28, at approximately 11 p.m., on the 3700 block of Acacia Grove Way.
Several news outlets have reported the first police suspect as having been apprehended around 12:30 a.m last night, says the source.
If you watch the video below, you can see responding police officers place the suspect — described as a “Hispanic adult male” by Fox News — into a patrol car.
However, it is the second police suspect that supposedly gave San Diego police the slip. If you listened to the video, there was even consideration that there might be more than two suspects — weighing whether or not this was part of a police ambush.
Yet, local San Diego residents were put at ease when a second suspect was caught near Southcrest, according to exclusive video footage from CBS-8 News. This was also a Hispanic adult male.
Once the video starts, you see a man laying face down on the pavement. In a black shirt, black/grey shorts, and black shoes, the man laid on the ground without struggle.
The officers moved in and apprehended him — cuffing and taking him to the patrol car. This apprehension took place at 42nd and Boston, according to Fox-5 News.
Fox News mentions as follows.
“Dozens of armed officers surrounded the home at 4060 Epsilon Street around 5:45 a.m. and police began calling for a possibly armed man inside to come out. Over the next several hours, dozens of bangs were heard coming from the area and residents told… they could smell tear gas.”
Fox-5 News‘ Sharon Chen posted multiple photos from the shootout crime scene. When the suspect was thought to be held up inside a house, it turned out that there was no one there.
The reporter pointed out that there were several bullet holes seen through the house’s windows. In addition, she mentioned that neighbors informed the reporter about the nature of the house. It was the suspect’s grandparents’ residence.
Throughout the incident, the San Diego police officers wore their body cameras. There’s possibly footage of the incident, first hand, from those devices. However, San Diego PD hasn’t released them to the public yet.
Actually, that body camera footage might not be released to the public at all, according to San Diego Union-Tribune. The source mentions San Diego Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman as quoting that the department’s body cam footage will not usually be released to the public. It’s more for internal evaluation.
In a previous report from the source, the cameras were addressed. It seems that people thought the cameras would be an “end-all” to social issues involving a police officer’s use of force.
However, according to the report, once San Diego police started using body cameras, their use of force surprisingly increased — even after receiving fewer complaints about the department.
“Complaints against officers fell 23 percent between July 2014 and June 2015 and instances of force increased 10 percent in the same time period,” says the report.
“Police body cameras have been praised as a tool that can lead to greater department transparency, better officer accountability and improved interactions between police and the public. But debate continues over how police cameras should be used to achieve those benefits.”
At the time of the report, the source noted 871 San Diego police officers as being outfitted with body cameras across the department. According to Fox News, the two officers who were involved in last night’s shooting were also wearing these cameras.
Do you think that San Diego Police Department personnel should release the body camera footage to the public as part of their transparency?
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