SAN DIEGO -- The lawyer for the family of Fridoon Nehad, the man shot and killed by police in the Midway area on April 30, has released video and evidence of his own.
This comes one day after San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis released surveillance video of the police shooting. A federal judge ordered that it be released after 10News and several other media outlets fought for the video in court.
Skip Miller, who represents Nehad’s family, also released the investigative report from San Diego police officer Neal Browder’s interview after the shooting. According to the report, just a few hours after the shooting, Browder was interviewed by San Diego police detectives. He was asked if he saw any weapons and he said “no.” His lawyer then stopped the interview.
On May 5, Browder and his lawyer sat down for a second interview at the offices of the SDPD Homicide Unit. The two were allowed to view the video of the shooting “so that he could refresh his memory.”
During that interview, Browder said he saw Nehad “was walking at a fast pace… I see something in his hand and then that’s what I keyed in on and it looked like it was a metal object.”
He goes on to say he believed Nehad was armed with a knife. A sergeant asked him: “Were any words exchanged either from you or the person you saw in the alley?”
Browder responded that, “it happened so quick, I can’t even remember if I told him anything or not.”
“Did any other force options cross your mind at the time?” the sergeant asked.
“I didn’t even have a chance… it happened that quick,” Browder answered.
Browder also said, “there’s no doubt in my mind he was gonna stab me.”
Nehad’s family has filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit. Browder has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the District Attorney’s Office.