February 25, 2024
Picture from police bodycam video reveals Jose Alfredo Castro-Gutierrez screaming as he leaves house, allegedly with steel curtain rod, earlier than being shot by SDPD officers.

The town of San Diego has agreed to pay $800,000 to the household of a person who was fatally shot by San Diego police within the Mountain View neighborhood.

Jose Alfredo Castro Gutierrez, 39, a Mexican nationwide, was shot on Oct. 19, 2020, whereas relations say he was within the midst of a psychological well being disaster.

On the time, San Diego police mentioned officers responded to studies of a person breaking objects with a steel rod. When officers arrived, Castro Gutierrez “ran at full pace” towards the officers whereas clutching the steel pole, in keeping with SDPD. One officer fired dwell rounds, whereas others shot bean bag rounds or used a stun gun.

Castro Gutierrez died at a hospital.

His household later filed a wrongful loss of life lawsuit that alleged the officer who fired the deadly pictures, Isai Castillo, used extreme pressure and may have utilized non-lethal strategies like the opposite officers on scene.

Legal professional Eugene Iredale, who represents Castro Gutierrez’s widow, mentioned in an announcement, “Alfredo’s loss of life was completely avoidable. Coping with mentally disturbed individuals requires talking slowly, deploying appropriately, and utilizing correct ways (together with non-lethal pressure is required). The failure of coaching and management resulted in a mindless loss of life and a unnecessary tragedy for Ana Ojeda, Alfredo’s widow, and their youngsters”

Castro Gutierrez’s widow instructed the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2020 that her husband had a historical past of schizophrenia and paranoia, and was not a violent individual. She mentioned Castro Gutierrez was probably looking for assist from the officers when he ran in the direction of them.

In an announcement launched after the settlement’s announcement, she mentioned, “The tragic lack of Alfredo, my husband, darkened my life and that of our household’s. We misplaced a husband, a father, and an exemplary son. There’s nothing left however acceptance and resilience, and the hope that this ache won’t ever be repeated. I urgently name on these chargeable for coaching law enforcement officials in disaster intervention. There’s a lot to be achieved to protect lives.”

The Mexican authorities mentioned in an announcement that via its Consulate in San Diego, it intently monitored the case and requested an neutral investigation because it concerned the loss of life of a Mexican nationwide

Carlos González Gutiérrez, the Consul Basic of Mexico in San Diego, mentioned, “We belief that this irreparable loss units a precedent relating to the extreme use of pressure and results in the required actions to keep away from extra tragedies like this case.”