Homeless man fatally shot by officer ID’d; bodycam footage to be released


ESCONDIDO, Calif. (CNS) – Authorities Monday publicly identified a homeless man who allegedly advanced on an Escondido police officer in a menacing manner last week with a 2-foot-long crowbar in his hand, prompting the lawman to fatally shoot him.

Steven John Olson, 59, allegedly had been hitting cars with the prying tool near the intersection of Broadway and Second Avenue when Officer Chad Moore approached him shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Escondido Police Department.

Seeing the patrolman, the suspect “immediately advanced on (him) while holding the same metal tool in a threatening manner,” EPD Chief Ed Varso said.

“The officer gave multiple commands to drop the tool, as well as several use-of-force warnings,” Varso said. “The (suspect) continued to advance on the officer, who was backing away, and he was ultimately shot.”

Paramedics took Olson to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The officers involved in the incident had their uniform-worn cameras activated during the incident, according to Varso.

“As soon as possible we will be releasing portions of those videos to provide the public with a better understanding of what happened,” Varso said last week.

The suspect was “well known” to Escondido police, having had a long history of property crimes and violent offenses, including assaults on officers, according to Varso.

Moore has been an officer with the Escondido Police Department since 2013, according to the agency.

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