December 3, 2023
Screenshot exhibits a gun within the suspect’s proper hand as he turns towards the officer. Screenshot by way of Metropolis of Carlsbad YouTube

Authorities launched video Wednesday of a police taking pictures that left a 16-year-old boy with a non-life-threatening bullet wound final month throughout a late-night confrontation close to Carlsbad State Seashore.

The occasions that led to the legislation enforcement gunfire started at about 12:45 a.m. Sept. 9, when Officer Marcos Bocanegra of the Carlsbad Police Division noticed a white pickup truck being pushed recklessly on a mud lot subsequent to the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and Palomar Airport Street, in line with the CPD.

When Bocanegra pulled over and approached the automobile on foot, he noticed that one of many occupants had gotten out of it and was strolling close by.

Together with his uniform-worn digicam recording the scene, the lawman directed the youth to re-enter the truck, and the boy complied, getting right into a again seat within the extended-cab pickup. A second officer, in the meantime, arrived to offer backup for Bocanegra.

Recognizing alcoholic drinks within the truck, the officers acquired permission from the driving force to go looking it and commenced directing the occupants — an grownup and 4 teenage boys — to get out one after the other.

Moments later, a youth sitting in a entrance passenger seat exited the automobile earlier than being requested to, then reached beneath the seat.

Regardless of the officers’ orders to cease what he was doing, the teenager produced a gun and turned within the route of Bocanegra, prompting the officer to open fireplace with a single spherical, police stated.

Wounded, the teenager ran off towards the ocean, nonetheless carrying the pistol, jumped off the highest of a sea bluff close to the water’s edge and tumbled down the steep slope. Officers gave chase, took the youth into custody and offered him with emergency care, together with using a tourniquet, police stated.

Paramedics took the boy to a hospital for remedy of a bullet wound to his proper arm. After being launched from medical care, he was booked into juvenile corridor on assault and weapon fees. His identify has been withheld as a result of he’s a minor.

Police say they discovered the unserialized ghost gun allegedly wielded in the course of the confrontation on an ice plant-covered part of bluff close to the place the boy was apprehended.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.