Pasadena Police Release Video Presentation, Raw Video of May Officer-Involved Shooting

Published : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 5:21 AM

Following through with an earlier commitment made by Police Chief John Perez, the Pasadena Police Department released video footage of an officer-involved shooting incident that took place on Thursday, May 2, during which two 17-year-old boys, later identified by authorities as local gang members, were arrested.

The video presentation was released just before the July 4 holiday. It was published as a City web page with an edited, narrative-style video positioned over separate video clips taken of the action from various cameras.

None of the two suspects or any officer was struck during the shooting.

After the incident, Perez had promised the police department would release video taken from vehicles and body-worn cameras present at the scene of the shooting.

“We stand by our officers as this incident is being investigated from the criminal, administrative, and civil standpoint,” Perez said in an earlier statement. “My officers were courageous in their efforts to protect the public and control a hazardous scene doing the everyday tasks you would expect from your police department. In the coming weeks, body-worn camera as well as in-car camera video, and other evidence will be made public for the community to review.”

The police department has now publicly posted the Critical Incident Briefing Video

“The Pasadena Police Department conducts thorough Use of Force investigations, which includes, interviewing witnesses, officers involved, analyzing video and forensic evidence, as well as eyewitness statements,” an accompanying press statement, also posted on the webpage, said. “After the investigation is completed, a Use of Force Hearing will commence and the Police Chief will make a final determination whether the officers involved acted within department policy.”

The main Critical Incident Briefing Video shows how the officer, unidentified in the video as well as in the press statement, first took notice of the suspect vehicle, a 2012 gold GMC Yukon pickup, as it drove north on Raymond Avenue.

The video shows after the vehicle drove into the southbound lane after stopping for a red light, the officer turned on his red and blue overhead lights to initiate a traffic stop.

Instead of stopping, the suspect vehicle drove away, and the officer pursued while at the same time calling for backup.

The main video, as well as the supporting base videos, also show how the pursuit was conducted, and how other police vehicles joined in, until they came upon the suspect vehicle already immobile after it crashed into a fence.

The video presentation shows an officer firing into the vehicle, as well as two bullet holes on the vehicle’s body.

Later in the video, the suspects alight one after the other from the vehicle and surrender to the officers.

On July 3, police said the driver remains in police custody while the passenger has been released to a family member.

There have been two other shootings in Pasadena this year, one of which resulted in a fatality.

The first incident occurred on January 11 in the 1900 block Raymond Avenue, which involved a fleeing, armed suspect who not struck, and who was arrested. Police video from that incident was released earlier.

In the second incident, on May 17 in the 1500 block of Glenn Street, a Pasadena man reportedly wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a long gun died after a confrontation and shooting with several officers. That video is now under the control of Sheriff’s investigators, and they control the timing of its eventual release.

Police said the May 2 incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626)- 744-4241 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
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