Body camera video shows San Diego Police shooting in Rolando – San Diego Videos



published: 2019-05-13 21:17:36

By: Allison Horn

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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – San Diego Police officers who fired shots at a man in Rolando last year were justified in their use of deadly force, the San Diego District Attorney’s office announced Monday.

Body camera video recorded by San Diego Police shows the officers engaged in gunfire with Joe Darwish on June 23, 2018.

Police responded to a disturbance call at the condo on Rolando Court. When they smelled smoke, they called firefighters to the scene, the DA’s office said in a news release.By: Allison Horn

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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – San Diego Police officers who fired shots at a man in Rolando last year were justified in their use of deadly force, the San Diego District Attorney’s office announced Monday.

Body camera video recorded by San Diego Police shows the officers engaged in gunfire with Joe Darwish on June 23, 2018.

Police responded to a disturbance call at the condo on Rolando Court. When they smelled smoke, they called firefighters to the scene, the DA’s office said in a news release.

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Officers knocked on the front door for more than 20 minutes but received no response, officials said. Firefighters forced entry into the home but were met with gunfire.

Darwish shot one officer in the back with a large caliber weapon, according to the DA’s office. Two officers returned fire as they provided cover for the wounded officer, who couldn’t move for several seconds. The wounded officer eventually managed to roll onto his stomach and crawl away from the line of fire.

Darwish also shot a second officer during the exchange of gunfire.The DA’s office said the shooting eventually stopped and officers found Darwish dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. Darwish had also been hit in the face and arm from one of the officers’ shotguns.

“This harrowing incident shows just how quickly a routine call for service can turn deadly for police officers who suddenly found themselves in the line of fire, trying to protect their wounded fellow officers and keep the shooter from endangering members of the public,” said District Attorney Summer Stephan. “It’s a tribute to these officers’ bravery and quick response that the gunman didn’t injure more people or kill the officers and firefighters involved.”

Darwish had been wearing a bulletproof vest. He was armed with two homemade guns: an assault weapon and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, according to the DA. Neither gun was registered.Questions had been raised about whether the shooting could have been prevented. Last summer, Team 10 reporter Jennifer Kastner broke the story about how officers wanted to search Darwish’s home for weapons, days before the massive shootout. However, the Office of the San Diego County District Attorney did not attempt to get a search warrant.

In the days after the shooting, 10News was tipped off by a law enforcement source that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force had wanted to search Darwish’s home because they thought he had a weapon and was buying parts to make more weapons.

Darwish wasn’t supposed to own any weapons because of his criminal history. Our source said the FBI asked the District Attorney’s Office to sign off on having a judge issue a search warrant, but the DA’s Office did not do so.

For 7 weeks, 10News had been trying to confirm this with the DA’s Office. After our 10News attorneys got involved, the DA’s Office sent us a letter reading in part, “On June 13, 2018, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office received a request by law enforcement to review a draft of an affidavit in support of a search warrant to conduct a search of Mr. Darwish’s person, property and residence. The District Attorney’s Office determined that the warrant was legally deficient and so advised law enforcement.”

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11 Comments - Write a Comment

  1. I wouldn't make any type comments as to what is good or bad. I will say police should have the same weight standards as we do in the Corps!

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  2. What was the reason they were there? This dude obviously was either into some bad shit or went straight up nuts.

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  3. wow this shows how really chickenshit police officers are what someone else has got a firearm they seem only to be brave when someone is unarmed and black

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  4. That's the second video I've seen where the pigs are having firefighters do the break in. I can't believe firefighters are doing these things, and pigs are hiding behind them now!

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  5. Danny Crawl how does the Carpet smell Danny # well Sergeant like gun powder 🤪

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  6. smelled smoke my ass, another murder by the thin blue line extortion and murder for hire gang.

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  7. And they wonder why cops want more military gear…. next the population will start complaining the fire depts are becoming more militatarized.

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  8. Cant move cause your a fat 🐖 danny lol

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