The San Diego Union-Tribune
Newly launched body-worn digicam video exhibits a sheriff’s deputy capturing a person the division stated used a stolen pickup to ram into patrol autos in El Cajon final week and almost hit the deputy earlier than driving off, investigators stated.
San Diego County sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Ramirez-Ochoa shot Brenten Kinzenbaw, 25, by means of each legs March 10 throughout a confrontation on Oro Avenue close to Sumner Avenue, sheriff’s officers stated in a information launch.
The incident began round 10:30 p.m. when Ramirez-Ochoa noticed a Toyota truck parked on Oro Avenue. It had been reported stolen out of Alpine earlier that day.
Ramirez-Ochoa referred to as for help. Deputy Jason Balinger , who’s with the Sheriff’s Division’s canine unit, confirmed as much as the scene together with his canine, investigators stated. The deputies waited for 90 minutes earlier than they determined to get better the automobile.
Ramirez-Ochoa believed the truck was empty and was not recording together with his body-worn digicam, Sheriff’s officers stated.
The footage from Balinger’s digicam exhibits him approaching the parked automobile. He turns his flashlight on and finds a person standing by the facet of the truck and one other sitting within the driver’s seat.
“Put your palms on the truck,” Balinger says, based on the video footage.
“In case you guys don’t do what I say, I’m going to pop that door on the automobile and one in all you guys goes to get bit,” he says, presumably referring to his Sheriff’s Division canine, which stays within the patrol automobile.
The person outdoors the truck complies.
The video exhibits Balinger telling Ramirez-Ochoa to observe over the person outdoors the truck. “Don’t transfer. In case you transfer, I’ll shoot you,” Ramirez-Ochoa says.
Balinger then seems to show his consideration to the person contained in the truck, who doesn’t exit the automobile, the video exhibits. The deputy retrieves his canine, and brings the animal to the truck’s driver-side door.
“I need to present you the way severe I’m,” Balinger says.
As Balinger tells the person within the pickup to not transfer, the person begins the ignition and throws the automobile into reverse, the video exhibits.
The truck backs right into a bus parked behind the truck. The driving force then places the truck in drive and accelerates ahead, hitting the 2 patrol autos.
Balinger continues yelling, “Get out of the automobile!”
Ramirez-Ochoa may be seen within the video operating from the automobile. The Sheriff’s Division says in textual content added to the video that the deputy pushed the person he was watching out of the trail of the truck.
Sheriff’s officers stated Ramirez-Ochoa was cornered between a fence and a dumpster because the automobile charged ahead.
The body-camera footage exhibits Ramirez-Ochoa diving out of the best way of the charging automobile. A number of pictures can then be heard. The division stated Ramirez-Ochoa fired his gun 9 instances, hitting the truck and the motive force.
The truck speeds off after hitting each patrol autos. Balinger places his canine at the back of his patrol automobile and takes off in pursuit.
“He rammed one in all our autos, pushed by means of mine, and compelled an officer-involved capturing,” Balinger tells dispatch whereas he’s driving away from the scene.
Through the pursuit, the fleeing driver misplaced management of the truck and crashed in entrance of a house on North Second Avenue, close to Greenfield Drive, authorities stated.
Balinger’s body-worn digicam video picks up once more as he walks as much as the crash scene within the entrance yard.
After a close-by resident referred to as police to report listening to somebody in a shed in her yard, deputies arrive within the space and may be heard within the video yelling orders.
“Come out along with your palms up or you’ll get bit,” Balinger says within the video, holding his canine at bay simply outdoors the shed.
The video exhibits a person, later recognized as Kinzenbaw, exiting the shed. His palms and each legs are visibly bloodied.
Deputies order him to throw his telephone on the bottom and lie face down.
Physique-worn digicam footage from one other deputy exhibits Kinzenbaw detained outdoors the shed with through-and-through gunshot wounds behind every of his knee caps.
A deputy within the video tells Kinzenbaw to “maintain respiratory” and that he’s “going to be all proper.” They ask him if he can wiggle his toes.
Kinzenbaw was taken to an area hospital for remedy of accidents that weren’t thought of life threatening. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of violating parole, assault with a lethal weapon, reckless driving and evading, hit and run, automobile theft, possessing a stolen automobile and vandalism.
The San Diego Police Division is investigating the capturing in accordance with a countywide protocol that ensures businesses don’t examine shootings by their very own officers or deputies. The San Diego County District Lawyer’s Workplace will then overview the case, as is protocol, to find out whether or not to file prison expenses towards Ramirez-Ochoa.
Ramirez-Ochoa is assigned to the Lakeside station and has been with the division for 5 years. He’s on administrative task till he’s cleared for obligation, officers stated.