SAN DIEGO – Two brothers told 10 News they were only a
few feet away when a San Diego
police officer shot a suspect who they said was handcuffed.
Owen and Ryan Owen said they were hiding inside a shed when Victor Ortega was
shot and killed by Officer Jonathan McCarthy in their Mira Mesa neighborhood.
to reports, Officer McCarthy chased Victor Ortega from his home following a
domestic violence bail bond call, San Diego police said after the June 2012 shooting.
San Diego medical
examiner’s report stated Officer McCarthy was in his patrol car and Ortega was
on foot. A chase ensued and both met in
an alley about 500 yards from Ortega’s home.
San Diego police said McCarthy
tried to get Victor Ortega under control.
That’s when his secondary weapon fell out of the ankle holster onto the
ground as Officer McCarthy wrestled Ortega to the ground.
investigators said the officer kicked the secondary gun away and Ortega tried
to grab the primary gun. That’s when police said McCarthy feared for his life
and shot Ortega.
The San Diego police immediately following
the shooting said Jonathan McCarthy only got one handcuff onto Ortega. However, the autopsy report showed marks on
both of Ortega’s wrists.
San Diego Police Detectives told medical investigators for the
report, that medics removed a handcuff to render CPR. They then took him to the San Diego jail arrest.
Owen brothers told 10 News that they believed Ortega was handcuffed with both
hands when shot.
and Ryan Owen said what they heard started with a “wrestling noise.”
Both brothers said they were close enough to hear details what happened in the
moments leading up to the shooting.
There is no reason why the Owen brothers are speaking up now 8 months after the
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