Bodycam video shows fatal police shooting in City Heights

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WARNING: The video below contains explicit language and shows body camera recordings of police shooting a suspect. Many viewers may find it disturbing.

SAN DIEGO — Police Friday released body camera video of the moment officers fatally shot a man who was pointing a weapon, later determined to be an airsoft gun, toward them in City Heights.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, two women were driving in the 4300 block of Menlo Avenue when they say a man pointed a handgun at them and “manipulated the slide as if he was loading the gun,” San Diego police said in the YouTube video. The women drove away and called 911.

Officers went to the location provided by one of the women and briefly detained two people, police said. The women drove back to the scene and told the officers that the man who had pointed a gun at them was actually one block down the street.

When officers reached the man, he raised his hands and the weapon fell to the ground, police said. The officers then repeatedly told the man to step away from the weapon, but he reached down, picked it up and pointed it “in the direction of” officers, police said.

Seven officers fired their weapons and the man fell to the ground, according to police. When officers saw the man was moving and had the weapon “pointed in the officers’ direction,” they fired a second round. At that point, the gun was next to the man’s hand and he was still moving, police said. Officers fired a bean bag round and used a K-9 to take the man into custody.

When officers examined the weapon, they determined it was an airsoft gun.

The man, whom police have not publicly identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting was the third involving San Diego police officers in less than two weeks.

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