‘Steven, you’re gonna get shot’: Bodycam video shows officer fatally shooting homeless man

Police in California released surveillance and body-worn camera footage showing an officer fatally shooting a 59-year-old homeless man who had been accused of hitting cars with a metal pole.

Video Transcript

- Steven. Steven, put the crowbar down.

JAIME CHAMBERS: This body camera footage, taken April 21, shows what police describe as a well-known, mentally unstable man named Steven Olson walking through a parking lot, carrying a crowbar and a gas station-style window cleaner.

- Hitting vehicles in the parking lot.

- Hitting them with what? With his fists or with an object?

- With an object. Looks like a metal pole of some type.

- OK.

- He has a crowbar.

- A crowbar.

JAIME CHAMBERS: Police first contact the 59-year-old man, attempting to detain him.

- Put the crowbar down.

STEVEN JOHN OLSON: I got it.

- Put it down. Put it on the ground. Put it on the ground, Steven.

JAIME CHAMBERS: Olson then runs away. Another officer then recognizes Olson and attempts to use his police car PA system to disarm the man.

This next video is graphic and sensitive, viewers should be warned.

CHAD MOORE: Drop that!

STEVEN JOHN OLSON: You got some problem [INAUDIBLE].

CHAD MOORE: Drop it, now.

STEVEN JOHN OLSON: [INAUDIBLE]

CHAD MOORE: Steven! You're going to get shot!

STEVEN JOHN OLSON: [INAUDIBLE].

CHAD MOORE: Drop it!

STEVEN JOHN OLSON: I don't know what happened.

CHAD MOORE: Drop it!

STEVEN JOHN OLSON: [INAUDIBLE].

CHAD MOORE: Drop that now.

STEVEN JOHN OLSON: [INAUDIBLE].

CHAD MOORE: Steven! I'm going to shoot you. Drop that pipe now!

STEVEN JOHN OLSON: [INAUDIBLE].

CHAD MOORE: Drop it!

STEVEN JOHN OLSON: [INAUDIBLE].

[GUN SHOTS]

CHAD MOORE: 318, shots fired.

JAIME CHAMBERS: Six shots were fired, killing Olson. The Escondido Police Department says Olson had been arrested four times for threatening people with weapons and placed on five mental holds.

The US Attorney's Office, the FBI, and the San Diego District Attorney will now be investigating to see whether or not that officer was working within the law. If you'd like to see the entire video completely, you can just go to our website, fox5sandiego.com.

From Escondido, Jaime Chambers, Fox5 News.