Man shot by police dies; department releases names of involved officers

A 25-year-old man who was shot by police over the weekend has died, a San Diego police homicide lieutenant said Tuesday.

Leonardo Huerta Ibarra died late Monday, Lt. Matthew Dobbs said. Two days earlier, two officers had spotted Ibarra walking along Sixth Avenue near A Street, recognized him as a robbery suspect and tried to stop him. Video shows Ibarra pulling something from his waistband — police said it was a gun — as officers approached. They opened fire, striking him.

The department on Tuesday also identified the two officers who shot Ibarra as Jonathon Lucas and Tevar Zaki. Both officers are assigned to the department’s Central Division, and both have been with the department for about four years.

San Diego Police Department released this video on YouTube:

Ibarra’s romantic partner, Abril Huerta, said Monday that he had been taken off life support.

The shooting has drawn intense scrutiny amid local and national protests decrying police brutality and racial injustice.

Within hours, protesters gathered at the downtown shooting scene. And within a day, San Diego police released video of the incident, footage from four sources: a security camera, surveillance from a street-light camera, and the body-worn cameras from both Lucas and Zaki.

Video shows Ibarra walking out of the door of a corner building carrying a plastic shopping bag. He briefly heads north, then turns and heads south. Police tell him to stop.

Ibarra drops the bag and starts to run, appearing to pull something from his waistband and point it toward one of the approaching officers.

The officers open fire, striking Ibarra, who falls to the ground. Officers approach, handcuff him, roll him over and start life-saving measures.

The images released by police include a freeze frame highlighting a camouflage-print bandanna by Ibarra’s hand when he is on the ground, and a still photo of a gun laying on the bandanna. Police said the weapon had been wrapped in the material.

Police have said that the officers recognized Ibarra — from his facial tattoos — as a suspect in a robbery that had happened a few days before the encounter. Dobbs has declined to provide further information about the robbery, saying police are still looking for a second suspect.

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