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Escondido police release video of fatal shooting of man by officer

The man killed was recognized within the video as 59-year-old Steven Olson. Police stated he superior on Officer Chad Moore with a crowbar earlier than the officer opened hearth.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Content warning: The video on this story depicts the shooting of a man by police and could also be disturbing to some viewers.

The Escondido Police Department on Thursday released video from a body-worn camera and surveillance cameras that reveals an officer fatally shooting a man final week and the occasions main as much as the incident. The man killed was recognized within the video as 59-year-old Steven Olson. 

The video consists of commentary from Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso, who stated an investigation into the shooting is underway, and Lt. Kevin Toth who supplies a story of what police say occurred the day of the shooting.

The video opens with audio of a 911 name reporting a white male hitting autos with a steel pole or crowbar in a downtown Escondido parking zone. Lt. Toth states that the decision got here in simply earlier than 7 a.m. on April 21 and that an officer situated the man minutes later behind a constructing within the 200 block of West Second Avenue. 

According to Toth, the officer requested the man who was recognized to police and later recognized to the general public as Steven Olson to place the objects in his hand down so they may focus on the 911 name. The objects have been recognized as a crowbar and window squeegee, in keeping with police. 

“Olson displayed erratic behavior and was speaking incoherently,” Lt. Toth stated. “However he displayed no threatening behaviors and he ultimately ran away.” 

This half of Toth’s commentary is adopted by body-worn digicam footage of the preliminary contact between the officer and Olson. Lt. Toth states that Olson was displaying indicators and signs of being beneath the affect of “a central nervous system stimulant,” however that the officer selected to not pursue him and drive a confrontation. 

The officer stayed on the scene to talk with the one that known as 911 initially, in keeping with Lt. Toth. 

Another officer, recognized within the video as Officer Chad Moore, was responding to an unrelated housebreaking within the space and some minutes later encountered Olson on Second Avenue and Broadway, Toth stated. Moore acknowledged Olson as the topic of the 911 name and Toth stated: “he had had numerous contacts with him in the past.” 

Moore addressed Olson utilizing a loudspeaker in his police car however Olson didn’t reply, in keeping with police.

“As Officer Moore exited his vehicle, Olson immediately advanced on him,” Toth stated. “Olson had dropped the squeegee in the roadway and holding only the crowbar.” 

According to Toth, Olson continued to advance on Officer Moore whereas saying, “You’ve got some problem and you’re going to get hit.” 

Moore drew his handgun, gave instructions for Olson to drop the pole and issued “use of force” warnings whereas he backed away for about 65 ft, in keeping with police. 

Officer Moore fired seven rounds at Olson from a distance of about seven ft, Toth says within the video as an animation depicting the areas of Moore and Olson on the road is proven. 

The subsequent half of the video is from Moore’s body-worn digicam and consists of Toth repeating the chain of occasions resulting in the officer shooting Olson. Subtitles are additionally included of what the officer and topic have been reportedly saying. 

“Steven, you’re gonna get shot,” Moore is heard saying together with telling Olson to drop the “pipe” in his hand.

“Steven, I’m going to shoot you. Drop that pipe now. Drop it,” Moore stated simply earlier than shooting Olson. 

The video is blurred when the photographs are fired. 

Moore is heard calling for medics and different police autos are seen arriving on the scene shortly after. 

The different officers started offering medical assist, in keeping with Toth. The video continues to be blurred when it reveals Olson however seems to depict an officer doing chest compressions. 

Olson was transported to a hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless, in keeping with Toth. 

The video continues with a historical past of police encounters with Steven Olson and exhibiting crime scene pictures from earlier incidents with the man. 

Olson was arrested 4 occasions over the previous year for threatening individuals with lethal weapons together with a knife, a boxcutter, a bit of steel and a stick, in keeping with Toth. Olson beforehand went to jail for assault with a lethal weapon. Toth stated that Olson had been the topic of 23 calls to police because the begin of 2021. 

Since 2015, Olson had been positioned on 5 psychological well being holds at native hospitals. 

Chief Varso concludes the video by saying partly, “As you just saw, Steven Olson had an extensive pattern of violent criminal behavior. I do not share this to vilify him. Steven needed intensive help. Instead, he was placed into a seriously flawed revolving-door system that processes people from jail to the streets to services to the streets back to jail and back to the streets.” 

The day of the shooting a witness, 47-year-old Laban Davis, who has been homeless since 1993, advised News 8 Olson didn’t look like a risk and solely had in hand a squeegee and a small gardening instrument used to drag out weeds. The latter is what police have stated was a crowbar.

“He got here out of the alley, and he began strolling up and down after which all within the street speaking a bunch of loopy stuff. He was going like this up towards the cop and actually the police officer had no cause to shoot him. He wasn’t actually no risk. He was loopy however was not swinging on the cop, he was simply strolling as much as him, and the cop shot him over right here,” Davis stated final week. 

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