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San Diego, California — The San Diego Police Department on Wednesday released video footage of an officer-involved shooting that took place Sunday in the sally port of SDPD headquarters located in the downtown area. SDPD officers shot and wounded 25-year-old Keith Bergman after they said he slipped handcuffs and grabbed an officer’s backup gun firing at least one round. At about 6:20pm, a 911 call came in from a downtown hotel about a man causing a disturbance. He had been pepper sprayed and held down by hotel security for threatening to stab hotel staff. San diego police officers responded and took the 25-year old man into custody without incident. The man was evaluated for being under the influence and placed under arrest.
A search of his pockets revealed methamphetamine and five credit cards that did not belong to him. He was taken to police headquarters for processing. While sitting in the back of a patrol car in the sally port, he slipped one hand free from his handcuffs. He then broke through a plexiglass barrier, reached into the rear area of the car, and grabbed a backpack that contained an officer’s back-up handgun. The security camera video shows the beginning of the incident when the man is alone in the car. An officer, hearing the commotion, opens the door to discover the man is free of his handcuffs. As other officers approach the car, they see that he is holding a handgun. They draw their service weapons and attempt to persuade him to drop the gun with no success. Officers back up in an effort to de-escalate and continue to give the order to surrender.
The man fires a round out of the back of the patrol car. A security camera catches flying debris as the bullet penetrates the rear glass. That portion has been highlighted in the video. After several minutes, the man reaches through the broken glass and opens the rear door. He exits with the backpack and the handgun tucked in his waist. He tries and fails to open the rear hatch. The man then tries to open the driver door and an officer fires three rounds. The man tries again and a fourth round is fired. A k-9 was deployed and the man was taken into custody. Once the handgun was secured, officers immediately began first aid until paramedics arrived. The man was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injures.
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