Pasadena Police Chief John Perez told the Pasadena Weekly he hopes to quickly release body-worn camera footage of an officer-involved shooting last Friday that left one man dead.
The incident began shortly after 6:30 p.m. after police responded to calls of a man with a gun on Glen Avenue near Howard Street. When police arrived, Daniel Warren, 36, yelled at the officers and pointed a rifle at them.
Police opened fire and Warren retreated behind a house where he was later found dead from a gunshot wound. Law enforcement officials were at first unsure if Warren was killed by police gunfire or committed suicide.
On Monday, coroner officials determined Warren was fatally shot by police.
Investigators recovered a rifle with a large capacity drum style magazine and a handgun nearby. According to sheriff’s deputies, Warren fired at least one round before retreating.
“The body-worn camera footage will go out to the public at some point,” said Perez. “But there is a process to that. I hope to get it out soon, and at some point we will release the names of the officers that were at the scene.”
Warren was arrested on March 23 after holding officers at bay for more than two hours in the city’s Playhouse District when he refused to come out of his car.In that incident, police were called to Oak Knoll Avenue at East Colorado Boulevard at 10:09 a.m. after a caller reported a man littered and urinated on the property, according to Pasadena Now.
After officers arrived they found Warren and a woman sitting in a car inside the parking structure at an apartment complex.
Things intensified after police discovered there was a warrant for Warren’s arrest for an assault charge. An armored vehicle was called to the scene, and Warren was taken into custody without incident.
He was scheduled to appear in court this Thursday, May 23, on assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury, according to court records.
Warren was arrested again by Pasadena police on May 9 on suspicion of committing battery on a peace officer. He was scheduled to be arraigned in that case on June 3.
“I am very supportive of the officers and the difficult decision they had to make,” said Perez. “I am in support of them and I hope the community is supportive of us going forward.”
— André Coleman