Court documents detail suspected Rolando shooter's criminal background

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 15:51:25-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The man suspected of opening fire on San Diego police officers at a Rolando apartment complex had past issues with neighbors and has a history of violent behavior, according to documents obtained by 10News.

Court documents show the man -- who has not been officially identified by authorities -- was previously charged over an incident involving neighbors in 2017.

In that case, he was charged with assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, a felony count of making criminal threats and two counts of battery and assault.

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Documents detailed an altercation in a hallway where the man had become agitated after a dispute with a female neighbor following a psychiatric emergency response team (PERT) visit.

According to a trial brief, the woman “fell to the ground and the defendant grabbed her hair and repeatedly slammed her head into the ground while sitting atop of her and telling her he was going to kill her.”

Jurors found the man guilty of assault and battery but acquitted him on the remaining charges.

A restraining order was filed against him last year by the same woman in the criminal case.

A former neighbor told 10News she moved away because the suspected gunman’s behavior and non-stop calls to police.

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“He just had a lot of mental health issues. We were constantly calling the police and the PERT team to get involved and we never got traction. It got to the point that we had to move because it got so bad. He was often violent and aggressive, and we felt so bad for him because he was constantly in anguish, but the police said they couldn't do anything. His family didn't do anything and it got to this point and I can't honestly say that I'm surprised. I'm really sad … heavy heart that this happened, but we knew exactly, when they said Tuscany Place, we knew exactly who it was,” the ex-neighbor said.

10News obtained the suspected shooter’s identity from residents and a records search. San Diego police have not yet confirmed his identity.