Jeff Smith 1:30 p.m., June 26
Sheriff's deputies fatally shoot San Marcos man
Shortly after the California Supreme Court opined that San Diego County and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department might be found liable in the 2006 shooting death of a mentally unstable, intoxicated Santee man in his home, deputies in San Marcos entered a residence on the 500 block of Charlotte Drive and fatally wounded an intoxicated man wielding a knife.
On Saturday afternoon (August 24), deputies received a call regarding an “emotionally disturbed person” who had consumed a large quantity of medication and alcohol, later described as “suspect” David Lee Brown, accused of acting erratically and making violent threats toward the family member who called in to report him.
Authorities, including Deputy Adrian Moses, described as the “victim” in an August 26 update provided by the Sheriff’s Department, entered the residence and found Brown “semi-compliant.” Brown, whose pockets were visibly full of knives, knelt when ordered to do so by deputies, but then pulled out a knife and attempted to lunge at a deputy who was preparing to handcuff him. Moses, fearing for his partner’s safety, shot Brown four times.
Lifesaving efforts from paramedics summoned to the residence were unsuccessful, and Brown was declared dead at the scene.
Moses, according to the Sheriff’s Department, is a six-year force veteran who has worked out of the San Marcos Station for the last two years.
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