Police have identified the officer and decedent in an officer-involved shooting in the Midway district Thursday where a man reported to have threatened a porn shop clerk with a knife Thursday "continued to advance" on a San Diego police officer, according to police officials.
The decedent has been identified by police as 42-year-old Fridoon Zalbeg Rawshannehad of San Diego. The officer, a 27-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, has been identified as officer Neal N. Browder.
The incident happened at approximately 12:05 a.m. Thursday, when police received a 911 call of a man threatening people with a knife on the 3200 block of Hancock Street.
As the man "continued to advance" on officer Browder, he shot and killed him, police officials said.
On Friday, officials revealed Browder did not have his body camera on during the incident, investigators said, raising serious concerns about police accountability. None of the incident was caught on the body camera, despite the SDPD’s recent investment to outfit its officers with the body-worn devices. On Friday, SDPD investigators said they had not interviewed the officer involved.
The arriving officer saw a man in the alley matching the suspect description and gave the man some verbal commands, officials said.
When Rawshannehad did not comply, he was shot, officials said. Paramedics were seen giving CPR to him. He was brought to UCSD Medical Center where he was declared dead.
Detectives did not reveal what was said or why the officer decided to open fire.
There were two to three small markers on the ground that investigators usually use to mark bullet shell casings.
We don't know much about the suspect but police say they will reveal more as the investigation continues.
A clerk was taking a smoke break in the alley when he saw what looked like transient wielding a knife saying he was going to kill people, according to a co-worker.
Store employee Chris Rapata told NBC 7 that interaction is what prompted the clerk to call 911.
The bookstore is located next to the World Famous Body Shop strip club, west of Interstate 5 and north of the Rosecrans Street and Sports Arena Boulevard intersection.