San Diego Police release bodycam footage of shooting that left man wielding shovel dead

The San Diego Police Department released bodycam footage of a 2019 shooting that left a man wielding a shovel dead.

San Diego Police received a call on August 24, 2019, from a woman reporting her nephew’s erratic behavior in the El Cerrito area.

Two officers were dispatched to the scene and were told 52-year-old Dennis Carolino had thrown a brick at his aunt. The officers interviewed the victim who reported Carolino was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

According to the DA’s report, officers then tried to locate the man to evaluate him for a mental health referral.

They entered a backyard and were moving toward a shed where Carolino had been living when the suspect “suddenly” opened the shed door and charged toward officers with a long-handled shovel.  

Officers issued commands for Carolino to drop the shovel but he reportedly continued to advance on them ignoring their orders.

One officer deployed a taser and the other fired his handgun striking Carolino five times.

Life-saving measures were attempted but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A review by the District Attorney found the officer used his gun in defense of himself, the civilian witness and the other officer. Based on these circumstances, the officer who fired his handgun acted reasonably and bears no state criminal liability for his actions,” a review by the District Attorney concluded.