Christopher Dearman (2023)

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On January 20, 2023, San Diego California Police Department officers Christopher Aguilar and Jacob Meyers stopped Dearman's vehicle for a lighting equipment violation.[1]

Officers claimed to smell marijuana, and Dearman told officers that there was marijuana in the vehicle. Officers stated that they needed to search Dearman's car. A search of police databases showed that Dearman had prior charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm. As officers attempted to remove Dearman from the vehicle, he drove off.[2]

Dearman stopped after two blocks, exited his vehicle with a handgun, and fired two rounds at officers. The officers returned fire, striking Dearman.[1]

Dearman dropped the handgun as he fell, and did not move away from it as ordered by police. A K-9 was used to move Dearman away from the handgun.[3]

Officers provided medical aid until paramedics arrived. Dearman died at the hospital.[1]

The incident was captured on officers' body-worn cameras and a business's surveillance camera.[2]

The officers were placed on administrative leave.[1]

On January 26, 2023, the department released part of the body-worn camera and surveillance video from the incident.[1]

Officers Involved


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Amber Coakley, Bodycam footage released of fatal police shooting, FOX 5, 2023-01-26
  2. 2.0 2.1 Critical Incident Video, San Diego Police Department, 2023-01-26
  3. Amber Coakley, Man shot, killed by officers after short pursuit, FOX 5, 2023-01-21

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