A just released report from the Ventura County District Attorney’s office says the 2010 fatal shooting of a man armed with three knives by a Simi Valley Police officer was justified.
On November 13th, 2010 Officer Jason Wilkinson was responding to a 9-1-1 call of a domestic disturbance on the 2600 hundred block of Phipps Avenue, when a man ran towards his patrol car.
The officer swerved to avoid the man. The report says when Wilkinson got out of his unit to talk to the man, the pedestrian pulled a knife out of his waistband, and charged the officer. The officer opened fire, killing the man, Jamie Daniel Delgado.
The D-A’s review says under the circumstance, the shooting was justified.
The report noted that an autopsy showed Delgado legally drunk at the time of the incident, and had methamphetamine in his system. Delgado had a long prior arrest record, and was on parole at the time. Days before the shooting, a parole officer noted he appeared to being having mental health issues, and urged his family to get him to county health workers for assistance.