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Sheriff's Department releases body cam, aerial video of deadly I-805 shooting

Posted at 3:45 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 18:45:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The San Diego Sheriff's Department released several videos of a deadly shooting that occurred after a pursuit ended in Chula Vista.

The shooting took place after a pursuit that started in Orange County around midnight on Oct. 4. The suspect of the chase, identified as Christopher Ulmer, 33, of Whitter, Calif., led officers to Chula Vista, where authorities stopped his vehicle using a pit maneuver on I-805 south near Orange Avenue at about 1 a.m.

Police say Ulmer exited his vehicle and pointed his arm at officers who believed he was holding a firearm, prompting officers to fire their service weapons. Officers say Ulmer got back up and pointed at officers again, prompting a second round of gunfire.

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Ulmer was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced dead.

Video released by the Sheriff's Department showed a photo of a black, cylindrical object found underneath Ulmer's body that authorities believed to have been a gun before they fired their weapons.

The CHP officers involved in the shooting were identified as Sergeant John Holm who has been employed for 22 years, Officer Pakko Mendez who has been employed for 11 years, officer Javier Mendoza who has been employed for seven years, and officer Lauren Chi who has been employed for three years.

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The San Diego Police officers involved in the shooting were identified as Sergeant Michael Pidgeon who has been employed for 26 years, and officer Patrick Harvey who has been employed for seven years. Both officers are on administrative leave per the department's policy.

Once the Sheriff's Department completes their investigation, it will be turned over to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office to determine if any officers bear criminal liability.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office of Southern District of California will monitor the investigation.