For Immediate Release
Date: June 19, 2019 3:48 PM
Case Number: SR18-06261
Officer Involved Shooting Video Released
On August 5, 2018 at approximately 9:00 PM, Faramarz Aghazadeh was in the area of Verdi Street and Lisbon Street in San Rafael, CA. Aghazadeh had a knife in one hand and a pair of shears in the other. SRPD Officers contacted Aghazadeh. He refused to surrender and put down his weapons.
For about thirty minutes, Officers talked to Aghazadeh and attempted to gain his compliance. They used multiple de-escalation techniques in an effort to avoid using force. During the negotiation, Aghazadeh stopped listening to Officers and moved from his location on Verdi Street towards Belvedere Street. Officer Kevin MacDougald of the San Rafael Police Department and Deputy Jaime Rodarte of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office were near the intersection of Verdi and Belvedere as Aghazadeh approached their location.
Deputy Rodarte saw that Aghazadeh had weapons in his hands and was advancing on his position. He gave verbal commands for Aghazadeh to stop. Aghazadeh ignored Deputy Rodarte’s requests to stop. Deputy Rodarte fired multiple less lethal projectiles from a shotgun in an attempt to stop Aghazadeh. The less lethal projectiles had no effect on Aghazadeh. Aghazadeh sprinted towards Deputy Rodarte, coming within several feet. Officer MacDougald fired three rounds from his duty weapon in an attempt to stop Aghazadeh’s armed assault of Deputy Rodarte. All of Officer MacDougald’s rounds struck Aghazadeh. Medical treatment was provided at the scene by law enforcement personnel. Aghazadeh was transported by San Rafael Fire Personnel to Marin General Hospital.
Aghazadeh survived his injuries and pled guilty to Assault on a Police Officer and Obstructing or Resisting a Police Officer. On May 5, 2019, he was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison by Superior Court Judge Kelly Simmons.
Since this case has been adjudicated, the San Rafael Police Department is providing a video of the event to the public. Chief Diana Bishop stated, “no peace officer ever wants to use force, especially deadly force. The actions of both Officer MacDougald and Deputy Rodarte were appropriate responses to a dangerous and volatile situation.” The video is available at https://youtu.be/LZmA3Fc1Scg
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Posted: June 19, 2019 6:48 PDT by Lt. Dan Fink #447