Newly released police body camera footage captured the recent shooting and arrest of a man suspected in a homicide in Desert Hot Springs.
Desert Hot Springs police were dispatched to the 13-500 block of Mountain View Road around 8 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2022, where they found a man had been shot. First responders provided him with medical treatment, but the man died from his injuries.
A few hours later, police located a man, Oscar Ernesto Canas, 42, in Sky Valley who they suspected to be the shooter, with the assistance of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office Gang Impact Team.
The body-cam footage, released Monday, captures several unmarked vehicles approaching a truck that had been run off the road. DA Chief Investigator Joe DelGiudice said as he narrated the footage that the police pursued Canas south of Dillon Road, and forced him to a stop near 18th Avenue and Driscoll Road.
"Canas, the sole occupant of his vehicle, remained non-compliant with commands to show his hands and exit the vehicle," DelGiudice said in the video.
One member of the DA's team fired two less-lethal projectiles which did not incapacitate Canas, who remained in the driver's seat of the truck.
"Canas made movements consistent with reaching for a firearm and one GIT member discharged a single round from his service weapon, striking Canas in the left arm," DelGiudice said.
Officers can be seen in the footage holding Canas at gunpoint, but it's unclear from the camera angle what he is doing in his truck. Officers yell for him to put his hands up, and a single shot is fired through his driver-side window. Canas then can be seen exiting the truck when what appears to be a firearm falls from the waistband of his pants. Canas was not seriously injured by the gunfire, DelGiudice said.
Canas is being held on no bail at the Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and has been charged with murder and assault with a firearm.
The county's multi-agency Force Investigation Detail will review the shooting, with the sheriff's department leading that investigation. Typically, the district attorney's office then reviews these investigations to decide whether to seek charges, but, because of its involvement, it will be reviewed by the California Office of the Attorney General.
Christopher Damien covers public safety and the criminal justice system. He can be reached at email@example.com or follow him at @chris_a_damien.
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Body camera footage: Officer shoots Desert Hot Springs murder suspect