ECPD releases footage of fatal 2019 OIS incident

The El Centro Police Department on Monday released a video regarding the Dec. 29 fatal officer-involved shooting of a 50-year-old El Centro man that contained clips of on-dash and body-worn camera footage. SCREENGRAB FROM ECPD FACEBOOK PAGE

EL CENTRO — In what it described as an effort to promote transparency, the El Centro Police Department on Monday released some body-worn camera footage of the fatal Dec. 29, 2019, officer-involved shooting (OIS) of a knife-wielding El Centro man who had advanced on officers.

Graphic clips of the body-worn camera footage appeared within a seven-minute video the department shared on its Facebook page regarding the fatal shooting of 50-year-old Manuel Gonzales Verdugo and which also contained commentary from Chief Brian Johnson and a sergeant.

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at or 760-337-3415.

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