Paso Robles police release video of fatal officer involved shooting

December 22, 2021

Steven Adam Calderon sitting outside the apartment, with the gun next to the stroller, shortly before he was shot and killed.

By KAREN VELIE

Paso Robles police released body cam video on Wednesday of a fatal officer-involved shooting at an apartment complex on July 6.

Multiple members of the of the San Luis Obispo Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team shot and killed Steven Adam Calderon, 32, following a more than eight hour-long standoff, which included several exchanges of gunfire. A SLO County District Attorney Office investigation recently ended, though the report has not yet been released.

Calderon, a Los Angeles gang member, arrived a day earlier to visit his son and “his baby mama,” who lived in an apartment at the Dry Creek complex near the 2400 block of Branch Creek Circle.

Shortly before 4 p.m. on July 5, the woman’s uncle reported Calderon had fired gunshots from the balcony of his niece’s apartment after he put the gun to her head and threatened to kill her. The victim and her son were able to get out of the apartment before officers arrived.

Calderon barricaded himself in the apartment. At about 5:30 p.m., after Calderon pointed a firearm at officers, then Police Chief Ty Lewis asked for assistance from the San Luis Obispo County Regional SWAT Team.

During the standoff, Calderon would come in and out of the home and yell at law enforcement personnel. Officers repeatedly shouted to Calderon, “Adam, come to the door. Adam, you need to come out with your empty hands raised. You need to come out and surrender.”

Instead of engaging in any kind of dialogue, Calderon emerged from the home several different times and fired shots from a handgun at police officers and the SWAT team. Some of the shots hit a Bearcat, an armored vehicle that SWAT officers brought to the scene.

Officers deployed tear gas and different chemical agents inside the home to try to get Calderon out, which did not work. A drone then videotaped Calderon writing what appeared to be gang symbols and “RIP” in black marker on the refrigerator.

At about 1:15 a.m. on July 6, Calderon emerged from the home, dropped his gun on the porch, took off his shirt and put his hands on his head.

A few minutes later, Calderon sat down prompting officers to tell him to standup, put his hands on his head and not to reach for anything. Calderon ignored the commands and moved his hand towards the gun.

Multiple officers shot rounds at Calderon, who died at the scene.

The SLO County Regional SWAT team is comprised of officers from local police departments, including the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo forces. In the aftermath of the fatal shooting, two Paso Robles police officers and one San Luis Obispo police officer were put on paid administrative leave.

Watch video of the incident here.


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Gramelin

I understand this guy was not cooperating, and that the cops had a right to treat him as though he was going to shoot. But if you look at the that last photo of the gun, sitting very close to the door mat. It looks far enough away from where it seems he was reaching. Was he actually reaching for the gun??


Florian75

Where are all the crisis incident intervention social workers eager to de-escalate and disarm Mr. violent gang member?


obispan

He took out some anger on that police robot. I’m not sure it was suicide by cop. At one point he’s told that there is nothing that can’t be undone. If someone could have convinced him to just push the gun off the landing and let it fall to the floor below he could have been saved. But then to what end?


unusualsuspect

Comply. Simple as that. Fight your case in court.


obispan

Of course, but he had no case to fight in court. Although he was thoroughly capable of jacking me in my driveway or in the parking lot of the supermarket, that is another matter and not what he was doing at the time. He was in a mental health crisis. Why the hell was he here? I don’t think he thought he was punking the Paso PD, and no one in their right mind would try. The cynic in me says less “wasted” tax dollars. The realist says more wasted tax dollars.