San Diego County District Attorney's Office releases findings in 4 deputy-involved shootings
City News Service
10:36 AM, Mar 2, 2018
6:03 PM, Mar 2, 2018
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County District Attorney's Office Friday released letters detailing the office's review of four deputy-involved shootings last year by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
At a Friday news confeerence, District Attorney Summer Stephan and her office made public letters they sent to the sheriff's department detailing their findings during the review process
The four fatal shootings that were reviewed happened between March and July of last year. The following is what is known about the shootings based on initial sheriff's department investigations:
When Bazan rushed at deputies holding an item to his head, one deputy fired a beanbag round while Bloomberg fired two shots from his service gun, Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam said. One of the rounds struck Bazan in the chest and he died at the scene. Deputies subsequently determined that Bazan had been carrying a dark-colored butane torch, not a pistol or other weapon.
Sheriff's officials said the incident began when a man who'd just been kicked out of a Solana Beach Rubio's returned to the restaurant with a knife and attacked the manager who ejected him from the eatery, stabbing the victim in his head and face. The 49-year-old victim survived the attack.
Zarnow and another deputy soon spotted Ibarra, who matched the description of the assailant, near a stretch of train tracks beneath an elevated section of Via de la Valle in Del Mar, a few blocks south of the restaurant, Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam said. When the lawmen called out to him, Ibarra allegedly walked out from behind a concrete bridge support with a knife in his hand and strode toward the deputy closest to him, who lost his footing and fell down while backing away.
Zarnow then yelled at Ibarra, who turned and charged him, still clutching the knife, Rylaarsdam said. Zarnow responded by opening fire on the suspect with his service pistol, wounding him multiple times. Ibarra later died at a hospital.
When deputies arrived at the home in the 2500 block of Gladiola Drive, they allegedly heard at least one gunshot from inside the home shortly before Dawley emerged from the front door holding a pistol. He allegedly fired at deputies, prompting Phillips to shoot back with a shotgun.
Initially there was some question as to whether Dawley's death had been self-inflicted or resulted from the deputy's return fire, but the county Medical Examiner's Office determined the shotgun blast struck Dawley in his body and inflicted the fatal wound.
Sheriff's officials said Coronel had run from deputies who recognized him as a documented gang member, fleeing into the back yards of several homes and ultimately ending up behind a home in the 200 block of Knoll Road. That's where Villanueva -- who had been informed that Coronel was known to carry a handgun and allegedly had made threats to murder law enforcement officers -- found Coronel shirtless and crouched down with his right hand covered by his T-shirt.
Coronel allegedly turned to face the deputy while raising his shrouded arm toward him, Lt. Kenneth Nelson said. Fearing for his safety, Villanueva fired 12 to 15 rounds at him with his service pistol, and Coronel died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.
Coronel had no weapon on him at the time of the shooting, but may have discarded a knife and another makeshift dagger, which were found along the path Coronel took while trying to escape, Nelson said.