Update: Officer involved in fatal Midway District shooting discharged weapon a second time in 2016
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Tuesday — The police officer who used his weapon in the Midway District that resulted in a fatality, discharged his weapon again, just weeks after being cleared for duty.
Officer Neal Browder used his weapon in April 2015, then again in February 2016. During a routine police search, Officer Browder’s gun discharged again. it was captured on body camera and the San Diego Police Department investigated.
KUSI sources claimed that the bullet passed through an unoccupied baby crib during the police check.
Even though this is the officer’s second discharge, the subsequent investigation by SDPD found no evidence of a problem that would restrict him from service in the field. Neither the video, nor the specific content of the investigation is being released, since no individuals were involved in the shooting mishap.
The original shooting in April, was judged to be within the protocols of SDPD and no charges were brought by the DA after a six-month investigation.
12/22/2015 — Surveillance video was released Tuesday, on behalf of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, from the April 2015 fatal police shooting in which a San Diego Police Officer shot and killed a mentally ill homeless man in a back alley of the Midway District.
Dumanis made portions of the surveillance video public after both the city of San Diego and Mayor Kevin Faulconer elected not to appeal the U.S. District’s ruling that the footage could be released. The material that was made public Monday by Dumanis included still frames from video, before and after communication transcripts from the dispatcher and officer, body-worn camera video, video from other surveillance cameras, and enhanced surveillance video.
The U.S. District’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the family of the man shot, 42-year-old Fridoon Nehad.
Nehad was shot after midnight on April 30, 2015 by Officer Neal Browder, who was responding to a call about a man threatening people with a knife. Shortly after pulling up to the scene, Browder fired shots from 17 feet away when he saw that Nehad continued to approach him while twirling a shiny object, thought to be a knife, which turned out to be a metallic pen.
Browder thought Nehad was going to stab him.
The surveillance footage, which came from a nearby business’s security camera, was originally confiscated by SDPD during the initial investigation.
“We’re doing this to help put the (surveillance) video that was the subject of the protective order — and only one piece of evidence – into perspective with other relevant information,” Dumanis told reporters.