Dash cam video from deputy-involved shooting released by local news agency
–KSBY recently released the dash cam video taken during the deputy-involved shooting in Atascadero from January 2017.
34-year-old Josue Gallardo of Paso Robles, was shot and killed by deputies along Highway 101 in Atascadero January 24, 2017, in what was later determined by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office to be a “justifiable shooting under the law,” according to the KSBY report. The incident is the heart of a lawsuit filed late last year by Gallardo’s family.
The video shows deputies approaching a vehicle pulled over near the Santa Barbara Road exit on Highway 101 with their guns in their hands. One deputy approaches the vehicle from the driver’s side and another approaches from the passenger side.
After a brief verbal exchange, Gallardo appears to put both his hands out the open window of his car. The deputy then says “I don’t want to kill you. I don’t know you.” He then requests Gallardo get out of the car and lie on the ground.
Another quick conversation ensues and the deputy then states, “Do you have a gun, yes or no?” Gallardo’s response is unclear, but the deputy again asks if he has a gun. That conversation, according to a sheriff’s office report, was, “I want you to shoot me” and “I want you to kill me.”
Shortly after, Gallardo appears to partially open the driver’s side door, and the deputy on the passenger side shoots into the vehicle.
Both deputies then opened fire into the vehicle. In a report released in February by the District Attorney’s Office, it was later determined 35 shots were fired into the car.
The report also stated Gallardo had made several suicidal remarks and was abusing cocaine prior to his death.