Authorities Tuesday launched video footage of a police capturing that left a fugitive useless final week at a School-area condominium complicated.
On the time of his demise, Xavier Bejamine Lacosta, 31, was a suspect in a car-to-car firearm assault that led to a deadly police capturing two weeks earlier in Clairemont Mesa, in accordance with the San Diego Police Division.
Having obtained a warrant for Lacosta’s arrest, officers went to his third-floor rental residence on the Plaza Residences within the 6100 block of El Cajon Boulevard at about 6:45 p.m. final Tuesday.
Personnel surrounded the constructing and contacted the suspect through phone calls and verbal call-outs from the hallway outdoors his condominium.
Lacosta ultimately opened his entrance door with a pistol in his hand, police mentioned. He complied with officers’ repeated instructions to drop the weapon, however allegedly ignored their orders to again away from it.
The momentary standoff ended when Lacosta lunged for the gun, in accordance with police. Officer Gregory Simon, his uniform-worn video digicam recording the encounter, responded by firing a couple of half-dozen photographs from his service rifle, killing the suspect on the scene.
Simon, who has served with the SDPD since September 2016, is assigned to its Particular Operations Unit.
Lacosta was believed to have been behind the wheel of a car concerned in a predawn roadway capturing close to San Diego Mesa School on Aug. 2.
The motorist focused by the gunfire reported being shot at by two males in a white Tesla sedan simply east of the junction of Interstate 805 and state Route 163 shortly earlier than 1:30 a.m., in accordance with police. The sufferer was unhurt, although the capturing left bullet holes within the windshield and rear window of his automobile.
About an hour later, SDPD personnel investigating the obvious road-rage firearm assault got here throughout one of many suspected shooters, later recognized as 33-year-old Benjamin Pickens, within the 7200 block of Mesa School Circle.
Pickens, who had a handgun tucked in his left armpit, ignored officers’ orders to disarm himself and give up and shortly started strolling off towards a close-by empty lot, police mentioned.
At that time, a canine-handler officer launched his service canine, a Belgian Malinois named Sir, who ran towards the suspect.
Pickens allegedly responded by turning, drawing his pistol and pointing it within the route of police. At that time, SDPD Officer Addam Ansari shot Pickens within the chest with a rifle.
The mortally wounded suspect then fatally shot the service canine.
Pickens was pronounced useless at a hospital.
Ansari, who’s assigned to the SDPD Western Division, has been employed by the division for 11 years.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.