Body-cam footage released of man’s deadly shooting by deputies on I-215

MENIFEE  – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released footage from body-worn cameras today that shows two deputies shooting to death a 37-year-old man who was armed with a handgun after a pursuit on Interstate 215.
Juan Miguel Bejar was wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred in Ventura County on May 2, according to Riverside County sheriff’s officials.
He was initially spotted by plainclothes U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at around 4:40 p.m. on June 15 in Lake Elsinore, Sheriff Chad Bianco said in the video.
As Bejar attempted to flee, he allegedly crashed into two unmarked CBP vehicles, Bianco said, and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies were requested to assist in the ensuing high-speed pursuit.
The pursuit extended into Temecula and Menifee, where Bejar got onto I-215, at times driving into oncoming traffic lanes, Bianco said.
Bejar came to a stop on the northbound side of the freeway near the center median just south of Ethanac Road in Menifee. He exited his vehicle, jumped over the median and ran into the southbound lanes armed with a handgun, Bianco said.
That’s when body-worn camera footage shows two deputies stepping out of their vehicles on the freeway’s northbound side and almost immediately, and without warning, shooting at Bejar past cross-traffic on the southbound side.
After Bejar falls to the ground, a deputy is heard yelling, “Hands up! Hands over your head!”
Bejar was taken to a hospital where he later died of his injuries.
Bianco said deputies recovered a 9mm semi-automatic pistol at the scene that belonged to Bejar.
The shooting was being investigated by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with the sheriff’s department.
“This investigation will examine the initial response of deputies, Bejar’s actions and the deputy-involved shooting,” Bianco said.
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