Monday, December 3, 2012
CHP shoots & kills unarmed San Diego suspect
Bad things happen after 2:30 in the morning in California, lawyers warn. After midnight on a saturday night is one of the worst times to be driving in San Diego as CHP DUI cops are out looking for drunk drivers and are going to pull you over for speeding or driving erratically, attorneys know.
See if you believe this "police story."
Early sunday morning after Saturday night in East San Diego County, 27 year old Anthony Osorio of Crest California was driving his 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe eastbound on I-8.
California Highway Patrol DUI officers tried to pull him over for alleged "speeding" and "erratic driving" (common reasons for stopping a suspected DUI driver at late times on weekends but sometimes misinterpreted by law enforcement) not far from El Cajon Blvd. exit.
He allegedly did not yield. (Maybe he did not observe the CHP's attempts to stop him?)
The California Highway Patrol drunk driving officers allegedly pursued him at speeds up to 95 mph.
Upon getting off at Greenfield "accelerating" to 80 mph, suspect Osorio swerved onto La Cresta Road but lost control. The Tahoe rolled over one time. The Tahoe was on its wheels when Osorio got out of the vehicle.
The California Highway Patrol DUI officers claim to have ordered the suspect to stop and raise his hands.
The California Highway Patrol DUI cops maintain the alone suspect Osorio "made movements leading the officers to believe he was reaching for a weapon while he was advancing at him."
The California Highway Patrol officer are also taking the position that they "feared" the suspect Mr. Osorio "would shoot them" (even though though there was no evidence of any weapon).
So 1 or more of the California Highway Patrol DUI officers fired "at unknown number of rounds" at the suspect.
He died instantly.
Fortunately no police were injured.
No California Highway Patrol DUI officers were shot at either, as there's no evidence of any weapons in the suspect's possession or vehicle.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS(8477) as requrested by Glenn Giannantonio, Lieutenant.
The investigation is ongoing.