Authorities released the name Monday of a policeman who fatally shot a domestic violence suspect who allegedly threatened him with a knife on a Hillcrest roadside on New Year’s Day.
Officer Richard Butera, a 13-year member of the San Diego Police Department, tried to conduct a pedestrian stop on 30-year-old Joshua Adam Sisson in the 4200 block of Sixth Avenue shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday to question him about a reported assault on the suspect’s boyfriend, SDPD Sgt. Manny Del Toro said.
Sisson allegedly refused to halt, then turned toward the officer with a large kitchen knife in his hand and began approaching him in an aggressive manner.
“In defense of his life, (Butera) shot Sisson once in the chest as he advanced toward the officer,” Del Toro said.
Sisson, who was the subject of an arrest warrant alleging parole violations, died in a hospital early the next morning.
Butera suffered no injuries during the deadly confrontation, according to police.
–City News Service
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