SAN DIEGO — Content warning: The video in this story contains graphic images and language and may be disturbing to some viewers.
The San Diego Police Department on Tuesday released body-worn-camera footage of a fatal Aug. 24 officer-involved shooting in El Cerrito. Police say officers responded to a call for an assault with a deadly weapon.
The newly released footage shows the moments leading up to and during the deadly shooting. The video released by SDPD's Mid-City Division also includes 911 call audio and commentary from the agency's chief David Nisleit.
Police responded to a home in the 5800 block of Adelaide Avenue after a 70-year-old woman called 911 and said her nephew had assaulted her with a brick.
In the video, officers are seen arriving on scene and speaking with witnesses. They then head to the backyard where the alleged suspect, identified as 52-year-old Dennis Carolino, is said to be.
Around 20 seconds later, the deadly encounter unfolds after police say Carolino charged at them while swinging a metal shovel.
Carolino died on scene. His family later told News 8 he suffered from mental illness.
"[We know] the use of deadly force generates many questions from community members,” said San Diego Police Department Chief David Nisleit. “We hope the use of this video begins to answer some of those questions.”
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Once concluded, police say, the case will be handed over to the San Diego District Attorney for review.