Critical Incident Community Briefing – Officer Involved Shooting
On Friday, July 5, 2019 at approximately 7:03 PM, Fullerton Police Corporal Scott Flynn attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the 91 FWY which resulted in an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS).
In an effort to be transparent with the community that we serve, the Fullerton Police Department is releasing its second Critical Incident Community Briefing, which will provide details to the community about the incident, as we know them today. This includes Body Worn Camera (BWC) video footage from the incident itself, still photos, radio traffic, and a 9-1-1 call for service.
Please keep in mind this is an initial review, and our understanding of this incident could possibly change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed, and reviewed. The Fullerton Police Department also does not draw any conclusions as to whether or not our officers acted within our department policy, and the law, until all the facts are known, and the independent investigation by the Orange County District Attorney is complete.
With the July 1, 2019 implementation of California Assembly Bill 748, California police agencies are required to release any relevant video or audio pertaining to the critical incident within 45 days. The California State Legislature allows for this 45 day release timeframe because there is an understanding that critical incidents are often complex, sensitive investigations, and it takes time to complete them in a responsible manner. Based on the circumstances of this critical incident and the fact that only one officer was involved, the Fullerton Police Department is releasing this video just one week after this OIS occurred in an effort to not just meet, but exceed the requirements of AB 748.
As a reminder, while body worn cameras are an excellent investigative tool, they do not always show what the officers may have seen, and vice versa, the officers don’t always see and experience what the body camera footage shows. We ask that the community keep this in mind when viewing these videos.
Fullerton Police Chief Robert Dunn, and Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, met with the family of the 17-year-old earlier today and provided them with an opportunity to view this Critical Incident Community Briefing prior to its release.
Please be advised, the images and content of this Critical Incident Community Briefing are graphic, and viewer discretion is advised.
The Critical Incident Community Briefing, which is roughly 15-minutes in length, can be found by clicking the link below:
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