Oceanside police say Juan S. Sanchez, 19, tried to run over an officer who was investigating a report of
someone shooting a rifle last Wednesday. The officer fired in self defense killing Sanchez. Now residents, friends and family members are
complaining that Sanchez did not receive immediate medical treatment.
Shortly after the shooting, a neighbor began videotaping police as they
moved around Sanchez's car. Portions of the videotape, shot through a
screen door, show three officers standing outside the car with their
guns drawn. Sanchez is presumably still in the vehicle, although it is
difficult to see him on the tape, as is a rifle that was propped up
against the passenger's seat. No one appears to come to Sanchez's aid
in the early portion of the video, and no paramedics approach the car.
Attorney Samuel Knudsen said yesterday that the neighbor, whom he
described as a friend, was concerned enough about the officers' actions
to shoot the videotape and make sure copies were provided to Sanchez's
family and police. The neighbor taped the officers for more than an
hour, eventually setting the camera on a window sill with its lens
trained on the street. Heering said an officer was prepared to
administer first aid, but it was obvious Sanchez had died. A paramedic
confirmed that Sanchez could not be revived, Heering said. [more ] = Police acting as medical experts!