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Authorities release video of deputies shooting stolen-trailer suspect in El Cajon

Authorities released a video Wednesday with two sheriff’s deputies opened fire last week during a traffic stop in El Cajoninjuring a man armed with a knife, as well as a National City police detective working on a car theft task force.

MPs David Lovejoy and Jonathon Young were identified as those who shot Erik Talavera, 31, on Feb. 16, according to El Cajon Lt. Randy Soulard.

El Cajon’s officers were not involved in the shooting, but are investigating because it happened under their jurisdiction.

The Wearing body camera snapshots released Wednesday from the Sheriff’s Department shows Talavera being shot, but does not show the detective from the Regional Car Theft Team being hit. This detective suffered a minor injury, according to information on the lower part of one leg.

Talavera was taken to hospital that night for surgery. He remained in hospital and was taken into custody on Wednesday, Soulard wrote in an email. As soon as he is released from the hospital, he is expected to face charges.

Lovejoy and Young have been assigned to Sheriff’s Department Lakeside substation, Soulard said. Lovejoy has worked in the department for more than eight years and Young for about six years.

The incident took place around 10:15 p.m. on Feb. 16, when members of the county car theft task force asked uniformed lawmakers to pull the driver of a van towing a stolen trailer.

In a press release the day after the shooting, Soulard said lawmakers made a “high-risk vehicle stop” that ended in a dead end on Ballard and Decker Streets, just south of Main Street in El Cajon. Police said Talavera came out of the van armed with a knife and refused to drop it.

The camera footage shows Young arriving as Lovejoy is already pointing his gun at Talavera behind the door of a patrol SUV. Both MPs are shouting at Talavera, who is on the road about three whole cars away, to lie on the ground.

Talavera appears to be moving to the ground when both MPs open fire, the video shows.

Sheriff officials provided an overview of the Feb. 16 shooting scene in El Cajon to show where deputies David Lovejoy and Jonathon Young were when they shot Erik Talavera.

(Courtesy of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department)

Talavera rolled on the ground several times as lawmakers fired their first shots, which came about eight seconds after Yang arrived. Talavera, who looks injured, sighs loudly as lawmakers shout at him to raise his hands and “do not spread it.”

But Talavera continues to make small movements, slightly pushing his upper body off the ground and grabbing the knife with his right hand, the video shows. At least one deputy shoots at least two more shots.

After the second round of shootings, Lovejoy’s body camera records him saying “I can not see what it is. He has a small black object in his hand. ” Yang’s camera records another MP asking him if the item Talavera snatched was a weapon. Young initially replies that he “saw a black object”, but a little later, Talavera throws something at a short distance and Young shouts that it is a knife.

With more deputies arriving, they shout for Talavera to be dragged away from the knife and he shouts, amid sighs, that he can not move, the video shows. About two minutes later, deputies approached him, with one of them kicking the knife. He is handcuffed and searched for weapons.

During this investigation, a nearby law enforcement officer may be heard saying, “I have an officer down here.” Some say the policeman – referring to the National City detective – was shot in the leg. The body camera footage does not show the detective being shot, but shows at least one law enforcement vehicle behind Talavera, in the direction shot by Yang and Lavzhou.

Although police said lawmakers “performed life-saving treatment in Talavera until they were relieved by paramedics,” the video does not show law enforcement providing medical assistance. Yang’s camera shows him rolling Talavera on his back, over his arms in handcuffs, cutting off his shirt and then talking to him as lawmakers say he “just kept breathing” and that an ambulance was coming.

As is common practice in law enforcement shootings, Lovejoy and Young were on an administrative mission from Wednesday “until they were allowed to return to full duty,” Soulard said.



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