Milpitas Police Release Bodycam Video of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting
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MILPITAS — Police released video from a body-worn camera Thursday shows police fatally shoot 19-year-old Milpitas resident Brandeis Codde on June 21 as he ran toward an officer with knives.
Codde was shot around 1 p.m. at the Spring Valley Apartments at 133 N. Temple Drive after his mother called 911 and told a police dispatcher he had stabbed his stepfather inside their apartment and was “losing it.”
As Codde ran toward Officer Nathan Brasil outside the apartment complex with two knives in one hand, Officer Mohammed Ali can be seen firing a Taser at him from behind.
Brasil backed away as Codde advanced, then shot him several times after police said he came within about 11 feet of Brasil.
Before the shooting, Codde can be heard saying to Brasil what sounds like, “Sir, I’m going to die today, I just stabbed my father.” At another moment, he says something that sounds like, “Do you think I want to be alive, sir? I don’t want to hurt anyone else, officer.”
Brasil tells him to put the knife down multiple times, saying “No one wants to hurt you.”
Codde yells “Kill me” while running at Brasil, who yells one last order before firing. Shortly after dropping to the ground, Codde can be heard on video saying, “I’m going to die. I’m going to die. Goodbye.”
“We always take the use of force very seriously,” Milpitas police Chief Armando Corpuz said in the video issued by the department.
“In addition, we train to de-escalate whenever possible and for situations where we face a person who is in a mental crisis. In this situation, it turned dangerous very quickly, and as you witnessed, ended with a result no one wants to see,” Corpuz said.
“My son stabbed my husband, he’s 5150,” Codde’s mother can be heard saying in the portion of the 911 audio recording police shared Thursday.
The term 5150 is a legal code referring to someone having a mental health crisis that can put others or themselves in danger and allows police to detain them for psychiatric hospitalization.
She repeated the term to the dispatcher multiple times, told them to hurry, and said Codde still had the knife, though in response to questions added she and her husband were in a room upstairs and her other son was locked inside a bathroom.
Just before 1 p.m., Officer Brasil is standing at the front of a walkway between apartment buildings facing Codde and is heard in the video talking to him. Corpuz said there were attempts to “de-escalate the situation.”
Police said officers initially thought Codde was armed with a “large kitchen knife,” but later determined he was holding two knives in one hand. According to Milpitas police photos, the larger knife had a six-inch blade and the smaller one was green and had a three-inch blade.
“Please put the knife down man, I don’t want to hurt you. We can work through whatever happened. We can work through it. Just put the knife down,” Brasil said.
Codde walks away from Brasil and around a corner where Officer Ali was approaching.
Ali draws his Taser and warns Codde as he walks toward him.
“Don’t do that man. Don’t do that, you’re going to get tased. You’re going to get (expletive) tased. Stop.”
Codde then walks away from Ali and toward another pathway in the apartment complex, but turns back suddenly and takes quick steps in the direction of Brasil and yells, “Kill me.”
He stops and pauses for a brief moment, and Ali fires his Taser at his back, though it’s unclear whether he hits Codde, who resumes running toward Brasil.
Brasil, who had also drawn his Taser in his left hand and was still holding his gun in his right hand, begins to retreat and yells at Codde again to put the knife down. He then fires his gun five times, and Codde drops to the ground.
“What hurts, man? What hurts?” Brasil asks Codde.
Police said officers began medical aid for Codde until paramedics arrived, and he was transported to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Codde’s 34-year-old stepfather survived his injuries, police said.
Corpuz said the incident was “tragic.”
The shooting is being investigated by the Milpitas Police Department and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Ali has been on the Milpitas police force for almost 18 years and Brasil for five years.
Officer Ali has since returned to duty, while Officer Brasil is still on paid administrative leave, according to Sgt. Jason Speckenheuer.
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