Lompoc police have released recordings of a 9-1-1 call and a series of videos related to officers’ fatal shooting of Krys Brandon Ruiz in late March.
The 26-year-old was fatally wounded after 8 p.m. March 28 during an encounter with Lompoc police responding to a report of a subject walking with a gun in the alley between the 100 blocks of North H and North G streets. Ruiz was shot by two veteran police officers.
Last month, police said Ruiz was armed with a knife and had charged the officers upon their initial encounter.
The audio and video recordings were released Thursday after a California Public Records Act request from the family’s attorney, Bill Schmidt of Fresno.
Videos came from dash camera recordings retrieved from police vehicles present at the incident. Lompoc police do not wear body cameras.
“None of the materials released today have been edited, but enhancement software has been applied to improve video clarity,” police said.
They advised viewer discretion since the videos depict graphic imagery.
“Hello, there’s a mysterious character with a, looks like a gun, over by the Lompoc Theatre. I just want to let you guys know,” the 9-1-1 caller told dispatch, according to the recording.
After the dispatcher clears up which theater the caller was referring to, she asked for a description of the person.
“He’s got clothing,” the caller said.
“Yes, I understand he has clothing but can you see what he’s wearing, like what color clothing he’s wearing?” the dispatcher asked.
“It was dark clothing and I think a mask or something,” the caller said, adding the subject was going down the alley.
The dispatcher then questioned the caller about weapon’s color.
“Black, I think?” the caller responded.. “Yeah, I think it was black. It was really dark.”
The caller did not provide any further details about the type of weapon.
“Was he pointing it at anybody or was he just holding it?” the dispatcher asked.
“He was just walking with it, I think. I didn’t see anybody around,” the caller said.
Video recordings from patrol officers’ vehicles, as they arrived to the area, appear to show a person walking in the alley, then veering toward an empty lot covered in brush.
At one point, officers can be seen backing up as the subject appears to run toward them from the tall brush in the unkempt lot.
On the recording, five shots could be heard, from two officers shooting from Walnut Avenue, and the person can be seen falling to the ground.
In the 24 hours since the videos were posted to You Tube, some of the recordings had logged nearly 3,000 views.
Both officers who fired their weapons in the shooting have been cleared to return to duty, police Chief Joseph Mariani said: Cpl. Andrew White, a 14-year member of the Lompoc department, and Officer Mauricio Calderon, a 12-year member of the force with 25 years total in law enforcement.
Police officials said that since the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office independent investigation and District Attorney’s Office review of the incident remain ongoing they would not comment until both agencies had released their reports.