Austin Heiselman (2023)
On February 10, 2023, Fullerton California Police Department officers attempted to stop Heiselman, who was a suspect in an earlier armed robbery. Heiselman dropped off a passenger before leading police on a chase, during which he waved a handgun out of his vehicle's window. Heiselman ran a red light, crashed into another vehicle, and fled on foot. Heiselman turned towards the officers and assumed a "shooting stance", which prompted officers Nicholas Ashman, Mathew Green, Joshua Walker, and Juan Arenas to fire.
Officers rendered aid before paramedics arrived. Heiselman died at the scene.
Heiselman was found to be unarmed at the time of the shooting. Two replica handguns were found in Heiselman's vehicle.
During the chase, Heiselman's father called a different agency and reported that his son wanted "to die by suicide by cop".
The Fullerton and La Habra police departments opened investigations.
The California Department of Justice will conduct an independent investigation of the shooting, which is required for officer-involved shootings of unarmed individuals under California law.
On March 27, 2023, the agency released video from a police helicopter and the officers' body-worn cameras as part of a community briefing.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Christiane Cordero, Fullerton PD bodycam video shows moments leading to fatal shooting of wanted armed robber, ABC 7, 2023-03-27
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Current Cases, Attorney General
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Critical Incident Community Briefing 23-7715, Fullerton PD, 2023-03-27
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