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8/20/14 13:5722-May-13CA - CaliforniaSan DiegoVistaSan Diego Sheriff'S OfficeAnthony Garcia19MaleWhiteHispanic or Latino origin1HitUnarmedUnarmedFull disclosure: I am an attorney for the victim. The information below is from the police reports and witness statements. I'd be happy to email the police reports, investigations and witness statements if Deadspin would like to review the evidence itself. Police were called because a neighbor believed 4 teenagers were smoking pot in an apartment complex's laundry room. The sheriff's office responded to the call because it was in the unincorporated part of Vista, California. A 25 year old female, alone, approached the four people. There was no signs of pot. Nevertheless, Deputy Storms decided to do a warrant check. She handcuffed one of the individuals and sat him down on the curb outside the laundry room. She went to handcuff the victim, who asked why he was being arrested. She told him to shut up or she would tase him. He then looked over his shoulder at her and she told him to turn around or she was going to tase him. She then bear hugged him. The victim (5'7" 190lbs (arrest records indicate 5'8" 220lbs, of course)), then tried to get away believing he was about to be tased. He pushed the officer out of the laundry room. She still had him in the bear hug position as if she was about to suplex him. The two fell to the ground, Deputy Storms falling on her back. Witnesses state that the victim never once tried to strike Deputy Storms and was struggling to try to get away. Deputy Storms discharged her taser during the fracas on the ground and the probes missed the victim but nearly hit the bystanders. The victim got to his feet and began to run. While he was at least 30 feet away, Deputy Storms shot him in the back. The bullet entered about 4" to the right of the spine, severed the victim's lung, liver and spleen and ultimately came to rest immediately behind his right nipple. The victim spent weeks in the hospital recovering. The following day, Deputy Storms said that she looked up from the sidewalk and saw the victim with her taser and believed he was about to shoot her. The taser was on the ground about 40 feet from the victim at the time he was shot IN THE BACK, something that the journalists and officers doing the investigation fail to address in their coverage. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Shots-Fired-in-Vista-Primrose-Avenue-208596951.htmlDeputy M Storms (Badge 6757)San Diego CA - CaliforniaVista CA - California2013
Timestamp8/20/14 13:57
Date Searched22-May-13
StateCA - California
CountySan Diego
CityVista
Agency NameSan Diego Sheriff'S Office
Victim NameAnthony Garcia
Victim's Age19
Victim's GenderMale
RaceWhite
Hispanic or Latino OriginHispanic or Latino origin
Shots Fired1
Hit or Killed?Hit
Armed or Unarmed?Unarmed
WeaponUnarmed
SummaryFull disclosure: I am an attorney for the victim. The information below is from the police reports and witness statements. I'd be happy to email the police reports, investigations and witness statements if Deadspin would like to review the evidence itself. Police were called because a neighbor believed 4 teenagers were smoking pot in an apartment complex's laundry room. The sheriff's office responded to the call because it was in the unincorporated part of Vista, California. A 25 year old female, alone, approached the four people. There was no signs of pot. Nevertheless, Deputy Storms decided to do a warrant check. She handcuffed one of the individuals and sat him down on the curb outside the laundry room. She went to handcuff the victim, who asked why he was being arrested. She told him to shut up or she would tase him. He then looked over his shoulder at her and she told him to turn around or she was going to tase him. She then bear hugged him. The victim (5'7" 190lbs (arrest records indicate 5'8" 220lbs, of course)), then tried to get away believing he was about to be tased. He pushed the officer out of the laundry room. She still had him in the bear hug position as if she was about to suplex him. The two fell to the ground, Deputy Storms falling on her back. Witnesses state that the victim never once tried to strike Deputy Storms and was struggling to try to get away. Deputy Storms discharged her taser during the fracas on the ground and the probes missed the victim but nearly hit the bystanders. The victim got to his feet and began to run. While he was at least 30 feet away, Deputy Storms shot him in the back. The bullet entered about 4" to the right of the spine, severed the victim's lung, liver and spleen and ultimately came to rest immediately behind his right nipple. The victim spent weeks in the hospital recovering. The following day, Deputy Storms said that she looked up from the sidewalk and saw the victim with her taser and believed he was about to shoot her. The taser was on the ground about 40 feet from the victim at the time he was shot IN THE BACK, something that the journalists and officers doing the investigation fail to address in their coverage.
Source Linkhttp://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Shots-Fired-in-Vista-Primrose-Avenue-208596951.html
Name of Officer or OfficersDeputy M Storms (Badge 6757)
County StateSan Diego CA - California
City StateVista CA - California
Year2013