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San Diego Police release new documents in deadly 2018 officer-involved shooting

Posted at 6:18 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 21:18:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The City of San Diego released Friday body-worn camera video and hundreds of pages of documents related to a 2018 officer-involved shooting. 

Raul Rivera was shot and killed by police on Hollister Street and Tocayo Avenue in May 2018 after police say he came at them with a knife. 

The new documents show police collected 28 9mm cartridge casings, nine bean bag cartridge casings, and four Taser cartridges from the scene. 

At one point, the video shows police tasing Rivera. He appears to rip off the barbs and continued to struggle. 

After several minutes, the violent scene comes to an end when police shoot and kill Rivera. They say he charged them with a knife. 

The San Diego County District Attorney's office did not bring charges against any of the three officers who fired.

The report noted, "law enforcement officers were confronted by an agitated subject who was armed with a knife and was under the influence of narcotics. Mr. Rivera urged officers to shoot him as he advanced toward them."  

At the time of the shooting, family members told 10News Rivera was in a bad mental state and wished the police had helped him, not hurt him. 

On Friday Rivera's sister told Team 10 investigator Adam Racusin she was too shaken to talk about the loss of her brother. She would only say that she loves him and is disappointed in the way police have handled things to this point.