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Deputies Cleared in Fatal Del Taco Shootout Caught on Camera

Deputies Cleared in Fatal Del Taco Shootout Caught on Camera

Warning the video is graphic and not suitable for children

On Jan. 5, three San Diego Sheriff’s deputies went to a Del Taco on Broadway near state Route 94 Lemon Grove after a call that a man with a gun was threatening patrons. A witness gave deputies a description of the man, later identified as Adolfo Angel Gonzalez, 28, in the parking lot.

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The deputies entered the restaurant, spotted Gonzalez and told him to put his hands up. Instead, Gonzalez pulled a handgun he had purchased 11 days earlier from under the table and pointed it at the deputies. They fired, striking Gonzalez eight times out of 24 total rounds fired.

Family members told investigators Gonzalez had long suffered from mental illness and was in a mental health facility in 2016. Recently he had gotten worse, and on the day of the shooting told a family member if he encountered police he would shoot them. His mother said he had a “death wish,” the letter said.

Prosecutors concluded the deputies were justified in shooting Gonzalez.

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