GRASS VALLEY – The Grass Valley Police Department has released body camera footage of the deadly officer-involved shooting earlier in the month.
On New Year’s Day, dispatchers received a call about a man, later identified as Gabriel Strickland, 25, walking down Squirrel Creek Road with what appeared to be a shotgun.
Deputies from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and Grass Valley police officers responded.
Strickland was soon confronted by deputies and officers along the 10000 block of Walker Drive.
In the video, Strickland declares that no one cares about him, despite reassurances from officers that they do.
At one point he says he doesn’t have a real gun.
“We don’t know that’s a fake gun buddy,” an officer yells at him.
“But it is, man,” Strickland responds.
“We don’t know that,” the officer says.
Whether the officers knew of his previous run-ins with law enforcement or his psychological condition is unknown.
Strickland is then seen pointing what was later determined to be a paintball gun directly at the officers when gunfire erupts. Strickland was shot.
The officers immediately started first aid, but he later died.
A few days after the shooting, both the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and Grass Valley police expressed their sorrow over the death of Strickland, who was known to have suicidal tendencies and indicated that he wanted to commit suicide by cop.
“I would like to express my deepest condolences to this young man’s family,” said Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon.
The first videos released seem to support the officers’ decision to shoot but the ongoing investigation and an analysis of the events leading up to the confrontation might suggest alternate courses of action might have been taken.
“Our understanding of the incident may change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed and reviewed,” said Grass Valley Police Chief Alex Gammelgard.