Video shows of­fi­cers shoot­ing man who was as­sault­ing his mother

Vic­tim iden­ti­fied as 60-year-old man

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - NEWS - By Nate Gartrell and Rick Hurd

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.

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