Sheriff Identifies Deputies Involved in Fatal Shooting on Poway Roads

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has identified the four deputies who were involved in a fatal shooting in Poway last week.

A Lakeside man was shot and killed by deputies responding to a report of suspicious activity in a parking lot on Poway Road early Thursday.

Sergeant Robert Niderost and Deputies Hugh Davidson, Nikholas Johnson and David Smith were the deputies who responded to the call.

According to homicide investigators with the sheriff's department, Trenton Lohman, 38, jumped into a deputy's patrol car and fled the scene, traveling eastbound on Poway Road to Espola Road.

Lohman then allegedly carjacked an SUV and veered off the road. His body was found near the vehicle down an embankment.  According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, the cause of death was a thoracic gunshot wound.

“There are two different distinct scenes where shots were fired by deputies,” San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Kenn Nelson said immediately after the incident. Nelson said at the time there were no reports of the suspect firing at the deputies but added that it was still early in the investigation and deputies had not been interviewed.

An update from the sheriff's department identifying the deputies did not include any new information on the investigation.

Lohman had been on active parole from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

People who knew Lohman told NBC 7 that he had been trying to turn his life around and they don't know what went wrong.

The deputies are all assigned to the Poway station, officials said.

Davidson has two years experience with the department. Smith has five years experience with SDSO. Johnson has been employed as a deputy sheriff for 10 years. Niderost has been with the San Diego Sheriff's Department for 31 years.

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