PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POINT OF CONTACT: LIEUTENANT NEAL GRIFFIN, 760-839-4700
The Escondido Police Department continues to investigate the officer involved shooting which occurred on 05-04-13 and resulted in the death of a knife wielding subject. The subject has been identified as Pedro Martinez Campos, 29 years old of Escondido. Mr. Campos called the Escondido Police on a 9-1-1 line and requested police officers be sent to the area of Washington Avenue and Citrus. Officers arrived in the area and found Mr. Campos in the 500 block of Trovita Court. Mr. Campos was armed with a knife which he held against his stomach. Mr. Campos ignored repeated orders to drop the weapon and began walking toward a police officer who gave ground for more than three hundred feet. A taser was ineffective in disarming Mr. Campos. At one point, Mr. Campos suddenly raised the weapon and rushed toward a police officer, quickly closing the distance to approximately ten feet. Two officers fired on Mr. Campos and he was struck four times in the upper body. Officers immediately provided emergency first aid and Mr. Campos was transported to Palomar Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 11:31 PM.
As reported earlier, Mr. Campos had been acting despondently over the past several months. A note was recovered from Mr. Campos pocket which read in part, “Today is the last day I live.” Although Mr. Campos had no criminal history there are indications he had recently used methamphetamine.
Two Escondido Police Officers fired their department issued weapons a total five times and struck Mr. Campos four times. The Officers involved were Officer Marco Fuentes and Officer Patrick Hand. Officer Fuentes, 42, is a twenty year of law enforcement. Officer Hand, 34, is a two year veteran. Both officers are currently on paid administrative leave which is standard department policy for officers involved in a shooting incident. Neither officer was injured during this incident.
The department investigation is continuing and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective John Myers at 760-839-4717.