The police department has closed its investigation into the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Alejandro Nieto last March in Bernal Heights, determining that the officers who shot and killed him acted within department policy. Two other officer-involved cases have also been closed.
Nieto was shot and killed after he allegedly pulled a stun gun on four officers at Bernal Heights Park on March 21, 2014. Police later said they mistook the weapon for a firearm.
The decision on the shooting was made in June by a board of deputy police chiefs who unanimously voted that Lt. Jason Sawyer and officers Roger Morse, Richard Schiff and Nathan Chew acted rightfully when they shot and killed Nieto.
“It’s not surprising that they found no wrongdoing,” said Adante Pointer, an attorney with the Law Offices of John Burris, who is representing the Nieto family in a lawsuit against The City. “That’s been the common outcome of police shootings in San Francisco for a long time.”
Pointer said that officers fired 59 shots at Nieto, striking him 14 times.
“Frankly the community still has more questions than answers,” Pointer said. “We’re still looking for those answers.”
On Wednesday, a summary of police killings and shootings that included the Nieto incident was released by internal affairs at the Police Commission.
The summary also includes an update on the April 2013 fatal shooting of Dale Wilkerson. Officer Aaron Cowhig shot and killed Wilkerson after he allegedly stabbed his brother-in-law and charged officers with a claw hammer raised over his head at a residence in Potrero Hill.
A Dec. 30, 2013 incident where Officer Wayne Wong fired one shot at a suspect driving a vehicle toward him in the Sunset district was also closed.
In the latter police shooting, the suspect was not struck and was later taken into custody.
In both cases, police were found to have acted within department policy when opening fire. The officer in the second incident, however, needs equipment training, according to the summary.
Further information on the officer shooting of Nieto killing and and the incident involving officer Wong is set to be submitted to the Police Commission Aug. 15.Alejandro NietoAlex NietoCrimeNieto Killingofficer-involved shootingPolice killingPolice shootingSan Francisco Crime