[WATCH] Newly Released Video Raises Questions About Man Who Was Shot by CHP Officer

California Highway Patrol Officer Paul Shadwell approaches the passenger side of the parked Toyota sedan with his hands on his hips, saying something to the driver sitting inside.

Within eight seconds, Daniel Shaham emerges from the driver’s side, and Shadwell draws his pistol and aims it at the 31-year-old Sacramento man, who appears to have something in his right hand. Sixteen seconds later, Shadwell opens fire, shooting Shaham four times and killing him.

Shadwell calls in the shooting, but the video doesn’t show him trying to help the young man on the ground. Instead, he puts up police tape. Eventually other officers arrive and begin CPR on Shaham – 23 minutes after he is shot.

These are the images from newly released video showing the June 2016 confrontation in which Shadwell shot and killed Shaham on an Interstate 5 overpass near Yreka, a case that has spawned a federal wrongful death lawsuit and conflicting accounts of whether Shadwell was justified in using deadly force.

“It’s shocking,” said Oakland attorney Michael Haddad, who is suing the CHP on behalf of Shaham’s mother, Sacramento physician Denise Smart. “It’s one of the most notorious shooting videos I’ve seen. If you just believe your own eyes watching the video, anyone can see Daniel is no threat.”

Law enforcement authorities in Siskiyou County, where the shooting took place, disagree, saying Shaham had a folding knife in his right hand and that the use of deadly force was justified.

“He believed and was afraid that Shaham was going to try to kill him,” District Attorney Kirk Andrus wrote in his Aug. 10 report on the shooting. “He discharged his firearm to stop that threat.”

In the video recordings, released to The Sacramento Bee in response to a California Public Records Act request, Shadwell is seen after he has approached a car where Shaham was parked on a roadway over Interstate 5 north of Weed. Shadwell appears to order Shaham out of the car. Within seconds, Shaham is dead and lying on the pavement.

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  • Rod

    What the hell??? They dont have FOIA?? No blurred pics!!

  • crazytrain2

    If there was video, I was unable to see it. A knife is a deadly threat, but if you have a car between you and the subject, you can try to use less lethal force. If the subject runs around the car, which he could do very quickly, then use deadly force.

  • ACDC

    I just watched the video, maybe I need new glasses, i didn’t see anything in his right hand. The right hand was visable to the cop so why did he wait until his left hand was visable?