Bodycam Shows Escondido Police Officer Shooting Homeless Man Holding Crowbar

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Escondido, California — The Escondido Police Department released body camera and surveillance cameras footage that shows an officer fatally shooting a man last week and the events leading up to the incident. The man killed was identified as 59-year-old Steven Olson. On 4/21/2021, at 7:01 a.m., the Escondido Police Department Communications Center received a call from a reporting party advising that there was an adult male subject hitting cars with a “metal pole” in the area of 2nd Ave and Broadway in Escondido.

Officer Chad Moore approached him shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the officer told Olson to drop the pole multiple times, but Olson refused and ended up fleeing the area. Police say Olson continued to advance toward the officer, as he gave multiple commands for Olson to drop the objects. As Olson continued toward the officer, the officer fired several shots from his service weapon. Officers rendered first aid until Escondido Fire Paramedics arrived on scene. Olson was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

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46 thoughts on “Bodycam Shows Escondido Police Officer Shooting Homeless Man Holding Crowbar

  1. He asked and instructed him a million times to drop the crow bar …. and he kept advancing toward him. Sure he’s an old man but cmon … don’t do that and listen to the officer and done that’s it contact over … you idiots go ahead and send your social workers out there I feel bad for em. Gunna be more dead and injured social workers than there are crazy people.

  2. I understand they could not let him get away as he could potentially threaten somebody else but I hate to see so many rounds fired off. I understand they are trained do to shoot until the threat is disabled. I was not an officer's position and it happened so quickly it's hard to tell, but perhaps the officer perceived it took that many rounds for the suspect to go down and drop the pipe? I don't know. All I know is it's easy to offer other Solutions when the reality is they cannot let this man get away and they needed him to drop the weapon. What else is there to be done? Keep running away and negotiating with a clearly drunk in and out of his mind man? This is painful to watch

  3. I hope at some point in the next 1000 years we'll finally see a cop that takes the time to line up a fucking leg shot on an otherwise slow moving and petty threat. Guy just needed a reality check. Little bop on the head woulda knocked the stupid out of him. Or not. Ah well onto the next one!

  4. I honestly don't know what this guy was capable of he's obviously old but was he drugged up? Could he have bashed in the officers head or gored him with the end of it? Now I'm not one to condemn shootings and say a tazer would have done the job but I mean this wasnt a tense situation where a split second could mean life or death he obviously had enough time to use a tazer and them some instead of fucking mag dumping into this old guy

  5. Okay usually I wouldn't comment on how situations are handled, but honestly, anyone who has ever been in a fight or wrestled at all could've disarmed this man. Too easy. A simple arm grab and judo throw would've be good enough. Or maybe a Taser/Baton. There were 100% other routes to take other than ending this mans life.

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