San Diego deputy testifies against man charged with shooting him in Gaslamp District

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-29 21:42:16-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The man charged with shooting an off-duty San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy was bound over for trial during a preliminary hearing Monday. 

Deputy Jason Philpot testified Monday morning against Ray Pitoau about the incident last August in the Gaslamp District.

Philpott and his brothers left the Metallica concert around midnight and were walking near 6th and Island Ave. when they encountered Pitoau.

Prosecutors said Pitoau argued with Philpot’s brother. Philpot testified that Pitoau threatened his brother with a gun and Philpot tried to grab it.

“I was standing next to the street and at one point my little brother grabbed my arm and said help help he's going to shoot me. The way he was grabbing my arm and the fear in his voice, I knew it was no joke,” Philpot said in court Monday.

Deputy Philpot was shot three times. A bystander was hit once. Both were hospitalized and recovered from their injuries.

Pitoau could face life in prison if convicted of all charges.