By Frank Gormlie / OBRag
The killing by San Diego police of a man in Pacific Beach has raised some serious questions – although no one is asking them.
Now identified, Missouri resident Timothy Gene Smith was chased and then shot and killed by a San Diego Police officer around 3pm on Wednesday, November 4th in the1600 block of Thomas Avenue in PB. Police and press initially reported that he was wanted on felony warrants and was “armed and dangerous”.
Veteran cop Sgt. Scott Holslag believed, we are told, that the man being chased – Smith -, after being bitten by a police dog and after scaling a fence and getting out on a ledge, was reaching for a weapon in his pants, when Holslag fatally shot him in the torso.
No weapon was found.
The news and reporting of the shooting and killing of Smith on Wednesday was drowned out by the other incident going on that day, where a man with a rifle shot 20 or more rounds at police, plane flights were delayed, neighborhoods were evacuated, and who surrendered to police unharmed.
This is in steep contrast to how police handled the incident with Smith in PB, where the man was chased and then executed.
Now we are learning that Smith was not even wanted in Missouri, – that his girlfriend was.
According to San Diego Fox5, Smith “was not wanted by authorities in Missouri, a bondswoman familiar with the case said Thursday.
It was his girlfriend who was wanted on drug charges … Janie Sanders, 32, was wanted on a warrant for drug possession after failing to appear in court. She was arrested after refusing to come out of a Pacific Beach apartment.
Did San Diego police just kill an unarmed man who wasn’t even wanted?