EPD Officers Shoot Subject Armed with Knife

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05/05/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


POINT OF CONTACT: Lieutenant Neal Griffin, 760-839-4700

UPDATED 3:00 PM, 05-5-13


At approximately 10:45 PM, 05-04-13, an individual called the Escondido Police Communications Center and requested the police respond to the area of Washington Avenue and Citrus.  The caller provided no further information before hanging up the phone.  The Police Dispatchers re-contacted the individual who again stated he needed the police and hung up the phone.  Officers were dispatched to the area.  When officers arrived they located an individual on Washington Avenue in the area of Trovita Court.  Officers made contact with the individual who then brandished a knife and then turned the weapon on himself.  The subject held the knife to his stomach as though he intended to stab himself. The first officer on the scene made repeated attempts to persuade the subject to drop his knife.  The subject began to walk deliberately toward the officer who gave ground, walking backwards for several hundred feet.  Additional officers arrived on scene and continued to try and convince the individual to drop his weapon, however, he refused.  The subject continued to walk towards the officers who gave ground.  An attempt was made to disarm the subject by using a taser but this was unsuccessful.  After numerous attempts to convince the subject to drop his weapon, the subject suddenly raised the weapon and charged one of the officers.  Two officers fired a total of five times striking the subject more than once.  The exact number of rounds that struck the subject is yet to be determined. When the subject fell to the ground the knife was still in his hand.

The officers on scene immediately rendered first aid and the Escondido Fire Department Paramedics were dispatched to the scene.  The subject was transported by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center where he later died.  The officers involved were not injured.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the individual had been despondent during recent days.  A handwritten letter recovered from the subject's pocket and several text messages on his phone indicated he was considering suicide. The identity of the individual is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.