Editor’s note: scroll down to see the body-cam footage that was just released.
Authorities have released dramatic body-cam footage from officers that were involved in a shootout with a suspect inside a San Diego condo complex back in a 2018 altercation.
The suspect was named as 28-year-old Joe Darwish. Back in June of 2018, San Diego Police received a call from a neighbor that the suspect was ‘walking back and forth in the condominium hallway, cursing, yelling and slamming doors as he cursed at a female.’
Smoke was reportedly flowing from inside the condo. After knocking at the residence for over 20 minutes, police made a forced entry to ensure the safety of those inside.
“There was no response so the officers opened the door,” said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit. “Upon opening the door, they were met by gunfire.”
Upon entry, Darwish immediately opened fire with a ‘large caliber weapon’.
Darwish was armed with a homemade ‘unserialized’ semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm handgun. The San Diego District Attorney’s office also noted that the suspect was wearing a bullet-proof vest while exchanging gunfire with officers.
Two officers were struck by rounds during the gun battle. One was hit in the back and can be heard telling another officer ‘can’t move’ during the exchange.
Medics took the injured officers to the hospital, where they were admitted in stable condition.
The suspect took his own life following the firefight, but investigators say that officers were able to hit Darwish multiple times in the arm and face.
After the gunfire stopped, the local SWAT team made entry into the home, finding the suspect dead inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police concluded that Darwish had fired a total of 22 rounds before turning the gun on himself. His death was ruled as a suicide and the DA’s office confirmed that officers were acting appropriately in authorizing deadly force in the situation.
Bodycam footage released showing chaotic shootout at San Diego condo that left 2 officers wounded https://t.co/hfPx3qDLDp
— KTLA (@KTLA) May 14, 2019
Police had reportedly responded to another call a week prior. A woman had been screaming inside the unit, and neighbors feared that Darwish was striking her.
The body-cam footage that was released can be seen below.