An armed Burlingame resident who was fatally shot by police Monday night has been identified as Edgar Jonathan Aristondo, a Burlingame police captain said today. Aristondo, 20, charged police with a knife and was shot and killed by a police officer after another officer’s Taser shot failed to stop his advances, Burlingame police Capt. Mike Matteucci said. Witnesses told police Aristondo was violent, possibly because he was not on his medication, Matteucci said. They also said he was drunk at the time, but police saw no signs Aristondo had consumed any alcohol. The victim’s mother and her friend were with him in an apartment at 217 Myrtle Road when he apparently became violent, Matteucci said. Police were told that Aristondo had started to behave erratically and punched walls in the unit, he added. Matteucci said the mother made the decision to call police on the advice of a therapist, but that her friend ultimately made the call. For their safety, both apparently waited for police outside the apartment on Myrtle Road, where Aristondo allegedly charged at officers and was ultimately shot, Matteucci said. Aristondo was pronounced dead at 10:50 p.m. Monday at San Francisco General Hospital, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said. Terrie Ijams, who lives at an apartment complex across the street, said she heard what sounded like firecrackers around the time of the shooting. Police were still outside her building at about 11 p.m., she said. She went outside later to look for bloodstains on the pavement
Ijams said she has lived in Burlingame for 10 years. “It’s a very quiet neighborhood and town, really,” said Terrie Ijams, a resident of Burlingame for 10 years. “I haven’t seen anything happen here before. That’s why it was so shocking.” The San Mateo County coroner is investigating Aristondo’s death, but he said the investigation would not be complete for another one or two days.