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NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO SHOWS SAN DIEGO COPS SHOOT MENTALLY ILL WOMAN ARMED WITH KNIFE
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San Diego police shot a mentally ill woman who had a knife in 2020; they just released the video
SAN DIEGO — When San Diego police officers opened the front door to Rosa Calva’s studio apartment in East Village, the 26-year-old was holed up in her bathroom.
Calva, in the throes of a mental health crisis, had thrown items — a bucket, mop and more — out of a window and onto the street below. A bystander reported being struck by flying glass.
Newly released body-worn camera video shows that in a span of 20 minutes, officers gave her repeated commands to walk out of the 5-by-5-foot bathroom and surrender as a police dog barked repeatedly. When she did not, they used a tool known as a Halligan bar to enlarge a hole they noticed in the door, then fired pepperball rounds inside.
The officers and the police dog then moved in. The officers kicked open the bathroom door and, within seconds, Calva, who was holding a steak knife, was shot four times and bitten by the dog.
Police at the time said Calva “threatened” officers with the knife. The footage shows she was holding the knife in the air, the blade pointed up, when Officer Andres Ruiz shot her in the chest and abdomen.
Calva was seriously injured but survived. She was arrested and later charged in San Diego Superior Court with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer. Her case is still pending.
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