(Officer involved shooting video)….It is being released for public viewing.
The incident occurred on December 29, 2019. The video is posted on the El Centro Police Department’s Facebook page. The Department says it is part of their continuing efforts to provide the community with as much transparency as possible following critical incidents. During the incident in question, officers responded to calls of a shirtless man in traffic armed with stolen knives and threatening violence. When officers arrived, the man charged them. The officers initially fired the less lethal beanbag rounds. Those rounds did not stop the suspect and he continued to advance towards the officers. The retreating officers then fired live rounds. The shooting is the subject of two independent investigations. One of the investigations is being conducted by the County District Attorney’s office. The other is being conducted by the El Centro Police Department to determine if the proper procedures were followed by officers involved in the shooting.