Footage released Thursday by the San Diego Port Police Department shows police firing dozens of shots at a man who called for help at police headquarters and then pulled out a gun when an officer offered to help.
Police shot Medina, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, around 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the police headquarters at North Harbor Drive, just across the street from San Diego International Airport.
Surveillance plans show Medina approaching the front door of the Port Police Headquarters while he seemed to be talking to someone on his cell phone. After knocking on the locked doors, he uses a telephone box to talk briefly with a sender.
“I was wondering if you could help me right here in front?” Medina asks.
The sender says “Yes” and asks “What can we do for you?”
Without answering, Medina says, “Thank you,” then closes the call box and leaves.
According to police, he then got into his Honda Civic and pulled towards the front of the building, parking alongside the front entrance.
A few minutes later, Officer James McMater comes out of the front door, stopping near the top of a small staircase. He shakes Medina’s hand and asks, “Do you want to talk to an officer?” What happens?”
The video – from both a security camera and a body-worn Macmaster camera – shows Medina pulling out a pistol as he slowly descends into the parking lot. Macmaster quickly retreats behind a concrete pillar and radio says the man has a gun.
As Macmaster yells at the man to raise his hands and drop the gun to the ground, Medina holds both hands up, grabbing the pistol with his right hand. He then swings it towards his driver’s open window and Macmaster opens fire.
Soon the Macmaster is accompanied by Lieutenant Victor Banuelos, who is shooting at Medina from the front window of the lobby, and Sgt. Scott Ferraioli, running outside and hiding behind another pillar. Both MacMaster and Ferraioli shoot all the shots in their first clips, then reload and shoot extra shots, with their used cells concentrated near their feet.
According to police, officers then approached Medina’s car behind a ballistic shield, saw that he was seriously injured and no longer holding the gun, and arrested him. Police did not provide any footage from this part of the incident.
Rescuers rushed Medina to a hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. He was indicted last week in a hospital room and faces up to 19 years in prison if convicted, according to Deputy Attorney General Kelsey Hollander.
Murder detectives from the San Diego Police Department are investigating the shooting, as well as all police shootings in the city. The county attorney general will then review the investigation to determine if the officers are criminally liable.
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