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Bodycam video shows deadly Oak Park officer-involved shooting

Posted at 3:06 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 18:06:40-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Police Wednesday released bodycam video following a deadly officer-involved shooting in Oak Park in late January.

The graphic video opens with San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit explaining what led up to the shooting.

According to Nisleit, officers spotted Toby Diller, 31, on the 2900 block of 54th Street with an open container of alcohol.

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Nisleit says officers activated lights on their patrol car and tried to make contact with Diller, but he ran away.

Video of the incident shows the officers, later identified as Benjamin Downing and Devion Johnson, running after Diller before catching up to him.

At that point, Nisleit says Diller resisted arrest, grappling with police on the ground.

"The officers gave him verbal commands to stop resisting, but he refused to cooperate,'' Lt. Matt Dobbs previously said.

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During the struggle, Downing said he felt the suspect grab his service pistol and yank it off his belt still in its holster.

That’s when Johnson opened fire on the 31-year-old suspect. Diller died at the scene.

Johnson has been with the department for two years and Downing for five.

WARNING: The video below contains graphic content:

City News Service contributed to this report.