Man killed by Grover Beach police was trying to score a date

July 14, 2017

Prior to his death Wednesday night, the man who was shot and killed by a pair of Grover Beach police officers was trying unsuccessfully to get a woman to go out with him. [KSBY]

The woman, who identified herself as Maribella, made the 911 call that brought the officers to the scene. Maribella now says she regrets having called the police.

On Wednesday night, the now deceased man came to Maribella’s door in the 1000 block of Brighton Avenue and repeatedly tried asking her out, she said.

Maribella told the man that she was not ready to have a relationship. He was then calling, “Maribella, open the doors,” she said.

At one point, Maribella opened the door, but her roommates immediately closed it. After the roommates shut the door on the man, he got mad and started hitting walls and hitting the fence and other things, Maribella said.

After Maribella called 911, two officers arrived at the scene and found the suspect armed with a blunt object in front of the home, according to the Grover Beach Police Department. The officers tried unsuccessfully to calm the suspect and get him to drop the weapon. The policemen deployed a Taser, but it had no effect on the suspect.

The man continued to threaten the officers and charged toward them with the weapon in a threatening manner, police said. The officers then shot him.

Grover Beach police are currently withholding the identities of the deceased man and the officers. One of the policemen is a sergeant with more than 15 years of service. The other is an officer with less than one year of service.

Both have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the county district attorneys’ office.

Maribella said she wishes she could rewind and bring the man inside her home. He could have been alive, she said.







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26 Comments

  1. lastlap says:

    BODY CAM??

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  2. demiseofslo says:

    The officers tried unsuccessfully to calm the suspect and get him to drop the weapon. The policemen deployed a Taser, but it had no effect on the suspect.

    The man continued to threaten the officers and charged toward them with the weapon in a threatening manner, police said. The officers then shot him

    How about some better training for the officers? Just shoot and ask questions later.
    Do they not shoot rubber bullets anymore? Couldn’t they just have moved around if he came at them with a blunt object? Couldn’t they sick the dog on him?

    I’m not even a cop but I can think of several possible solutions to this problem without resorting to lead.

    SMH, another “justified” murder because the cops are pussies and can’t fight back without using their guns.

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  3. obispan says:

    O,K, so he got turned down for a date and was stalking and the Grover Beach police are responsible for his death. Really? He was tazed and still went after the cops with a weapon, I’m sorry but he is dead due to his own actions.

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  4. hijinks2 says:

    As I read this article it reminded me of the sleezola government employee at San Luis Obispo per this news agency how it was just trying to get a little on the side. This clown also reminds me of that other sleezola government employee who was arrested in Santa Barbara County for burglarizing his love interest home and terrorizing her – what a man he must be. However, all are solid examples of the great employment vetting / background checks the City of San Luis Obispo does. Heck they even have a

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  5. sesa12 says:

    Oh Mirabella, run and get yourself some help. It wasn’t your duty to keep him calm by giving in and giving him his way. You said no (thank god) and he didn’t accept no and continued to escalate into violence outside your residence. Do you think letting him in would have ended well? The red flags for “abuser” were practically written in neon for you.
    You should be thankful those officers were there to attempt to de-escalate this idiot. They protected you and now have his death to deal with. Normal men don’t acquire dates in that manner.

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    • hotgrandma says:

      Thank you Sesa12! The woman and her roommates were in serious danger. Yes, the woman needs to find some serious counseling. I don’t understand why the headline on this story makes the criminal sounds innocent!

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