The woman who called police prior to an officer-involved shooting in Grover Beach on Wednesday night says she knew the man who was killed.
“He asked me out. I said I am not ready to have a relationship. He was calling, ‘Maribella, open the doors,'” she said.
Officers shot and killed the man – whose name has not been released – after responding to a disturbance outside a home on Brighton Avenue between 10th and 11th streets.
The woman who lives there said the man knocked on her door multiple times that night. At one point, she opened the door, but her roommates closed it immediately.
“They shut the door on him and he got mad and then started hitting walls and hitting the fence and hitting everything,” she said.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, said the man’s actions prompted her to call police.
When officers arrived, they say the man was in front of the house, holding a large, blunt object.
“The officers attempted to negotiate with the individual to drop the weapon; however, he refused to do so and he approached in an aggressive manner to assault the officers,” said Grover Beach Police Chief John Peters.
The officers reportedly deployed a Taser on the man, but police say it had no effect, and the man charged toward them. That’s when officers shot him.
“I wish I never called the cops. I wish I could rewind and bring him inside. He could have been alive,” the woman said.
The officers involved in the shooting – a sergeant with over 15 years of experience and an officer with less than one year of experience – are now on paid administrative leave while the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office investigates.
The police department says the identities of the man who was shot and the officers are not being released pending the investigation and family notifications.
The last officer-involved shooting in Grover Beach was in April of 2010.