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. copperhead says:

    Post her pic. I need to see for myself if she is worth being tased and then killed over….probably not

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  2. abigchocoholic says:

    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.
    —————
    Job well done.

    Nothing more need be said.

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  3. CalCoastal-dude says:

    So they shot Romeo.

    You must all be so proud.

    But NEVER ask yourselves why men don’t ask you out on a date, since, if it doesn’t work out, you can always get the police to show up, aggravate him some more, and just have the guy permanently offed..

    NO THANK YOU, MA’AM.

    WE

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    • Chinaski says:

      I’ll bet you are an absolute catch.

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    • justbeware says:

      You’re not really trying to blame the woman in the house who didn’t want to open the door to a crazy man…are you dude?
      The people in the house had more sense that night that the man outside who ended up getting himself killed.

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    • InTheKnowing says:

      Dude, you need to get a grip on reality.

      It’s unlikely the police aggravate him further just to use lethal force. The guy was clearly unstable as his actions indicated. Any woman seeing a guy going ape S*** for simply being turned down is someone a woman should fear and avoid.

      Perhaps seeing less violence in your TV viewing will help clear your perspective in what some people face as reality in real life.

      Take a chill pill mister, you’re much to angry at the world.

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  4. laftch says:

    That is so unbelievably stupid. Sure let the psycho in, he would be alive and you would be dead or in the hospital. Grow up.

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    • mkaney says:

      Yeah because out of the 10,000 incidents of weirdness and people being overdramatic and desperate and verbally hostile, there is maybe .01 murders. This is a classic case of overreaction by police. I’m not saying let him in, but don’t call people that are going to make EVERYONE’S life shittier.

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      • copperhead says:

        Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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      • InTheKnowing says:

        I guess you’re similar to “DUDE’s” perspective of reality. Arm chair quartering backing is easy when you don’t want to get yourself involved. I wonder what you you do if someone was rushing you with a blunt object that could easily crack your head open.

        Yeah, I already know your answer; you would run the other way. But, what if you were charged with the responsibility and safety of individuals and the community at large. Do you think they had much of a choice.

        The next time you call for the PD to bail you out, and judging by your angry post you likely will take a look at the big picture instead of the narrow one you’re projecting. There may be no other choice for those charged to protect us, but to take an action they did not generate.

        Your post reminds me of people who hate veterans for fighting wars overseas so that we can live the life we do that allows us to complain. By extension, the cops did not over react, and you weren’t there. Give it a break. If your life is “shittier” that is your choice, it’s not mine.

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      • justbeware says:

        Wow Kaney, if that were your daughter would you want her opening the door?
        Seriously?

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      • BeenThereDoneThat says:

        mkaney, I’ve read your posts for years here going back to beginning of site. You always champion against cops and force and not doing enough pre-hand. Fair enough. But in this case they used less excessive force (taser) first. He still came at them. So who in the heck made the bad decision here? The perp or cops? Rhetorical. Sorry but this time, mkaney, no if’s, no ands, no buts. You are either wrong or a hypocrite!

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    • Freethebud says:

      My thoughts exactly!

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  5. rjakelian says:

    That’s a tragic story, police get placed in these difficult situations.
    The guy sounds like a ticking time bomb. He should have accepted the no and tried sending some flowers…

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  6. Jorge Estrada says:

    She did the right thing, had no relationship and now he is gone. Next, just move on, right? Cold as it may sound, regrets are not going to bring him back and then there is the collateral damage to all involved.

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  7. George Bailey says:

    He should have just used Craigslist!

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  8. Stunned says:

    Talk about hard up for a date!

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  9. sunister1 says:

    Sounds like the police might have saved her from beatings of a future abuser.

    (58) 68 Total Votes - 63 up - 5 down

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