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Police identify suspect, deputy involved in deadly downtown shooting

Posted at 2:57 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 17:57:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Police have identified both the suspect and deputy involved in last week's deputy-involved shooting downtown.

The suspect was identified Tuesday as Nicholas Peter Bils, 36, of San Diego, while the deputy involved in the shooting was identified as 23-year-old Aaron Russell. Russell has been with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for a year-and-a-half, police say.

According to police, the shooting happened just before 6 p.m. Friday near Front Street and B Street.

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Bils was being taken to jail after being arrested by California State Parks Rangers for assault with a deadly weapon on an employee, police say.

The suspect was being taken to jail by a ranger while a second ranger followed in another vehicle. The suspect was able to free himself from the vehicle while one of the rangers tried to get out of his vehicle and chase the suspect, but the man reportedly slammed the vehicle door shut on him.

Two deputies were walking to work when they saw what was happening and chased the man. That's when, according to police, one of the deputies shot the suspect. The man was taken to the hospital where he later died.