Video shows officers shooting man who was assaulting his mother
Victim identified as 60-year-old man
CONCORD >> Video and audio tapes of events leading to the fatal police shooting of a 60-year-old man inside his parents’ home earlier this month were released by the city, showing the moment officers fired their weapons.
Footage of the dramatic Dec. 1 incident also shows the man’s bloodied father exiting the house on the 900 block of Oasis Drive, as well as the man straddling his mother on the kitchen floor with what police say is a knife in his hand.
Police posted footage of the incident to its social media pages Friday.
“By releasing this video, we are not drawing conclusions about this incident or rendering any findings,” police said in a statement they issued along with the video and audio tapes. “Our goal is to present the information so that the community has a better understanding about what happened that day.”
Authorities previously identified the man shot to death as 60-year-old Donald Eversen. Police said they shot Eversen after he attacked his 90-yearold father and 85-year-old mother, who had called them. Both parents were hospitalized but are home recovering, police said.
Along with the video, police released photos of a long, bloody kitchen knife they say was recovered from Eversen. The officers who fired have been identified as Sgt. Joshua Graham and Officer Oscar Rodriguez.
Graham is a 17-year veteran of the department, and Rodriguez has been there about a year and a half, police said. Both were placed on administrative leave immediately after the shooting.
Footage from what police identify as Graham’s body camera shows the officer pointing his gun at the father when he emerges from the house and yelling commands, but he soon realizes the person in the doorway is a victim. The victim informs the officer that his wife is injured, and an officer kicks down the front door.
Inside the home, the body-cam footage shows Eversen on top of his mother on the floor. After a few seconds of shouting, two officers fire at Eversen, who was pronounced dead later that day.
Police included still pictures in their social media presentation of the events, which they say confirms Eversen was holding a knife in his right hand. One of the pictures is “obscured from view,” police said. In the second photo, police said Eversen, “reacting to the impact, draws his arm upward revealing the blade of the knife, which is circled in the image.”
According to police, officers went to the house after the couple called police to report their son acting erratically and possibly under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
It was not the first time police had been called to the house, and at one point during the 911 call made by Eversen’s mother, he seems to figure out his parents have contacted police and yells at them to “turn them away” or “I’m gonna kill cops.”
Eversen’s death has not yet been reviewed by a coroner’s inquest jury, which looks at all law enforcement-related deaths in Contra Costa County. That is expected to take place sometime in 2020. A jury will listen to testimony about the case and determine the cause of death, a decision that carries no criminal or civil liability.
A police spokesman did not immediately respond to inquiries about the parents’ current well-being.
The video, which was released on the Concord Police Department Facebook account, can be seen below. Warning: The video depicts violence that some viewers may find hard to watch.