US Gunman Hiding With Girlfriend In Rubbish Bin Is Shot Dead By SWAT

This is the moment American SWAT officers are involved in the fatal shooting of a rifle-wielding fugitive hiding with his girlfriend in a rubbish container at the end of an 11-hour standoff with officers.

The fatal shooting occurred on the East Village campus in San Diego in California in the United States on the morning of 13th April.

As can be seen on video footage of a San Diego Police Department patrol helicopter, the armed man, Christopher Templo Marquez, 36, and his girlfriend, Janeth Iriarte, 33, run to San Diego High School on 12th April.

San Diego Police Department/Clipzilla

The police claim that Marquez’s 33-year-old girlfriend, Janeth Iriarte, allegedly refused to yield when National City police tried to pull her over as she was driving her boyfriend through the Southcrest area, near the intersection of Interstate 805 and South 43rd Street.

At one point Iriarte stopped on a football field on campus, she and her boyfriend jumped out of the car and ran away, armed with a rifle and a handgun and locked themselves in the trash.

Police advisers for crisis situations say they tried all night and the next morning to convince the couple to surrender but everything was in vain.

San Diego Police Department lieutenant Matt Dobbs said that Marquez ‘became more agitated ‘ as time went on, and it seems that he finally turned his anger on Iriarte by threatening her.

The lieutenant assumes the woman tried to escape the dumpster several times, but Marquez pulled her back inside each time. During the negotiations, she even handed over the gun in exchange for water.

Special weapons and tactics personnel (SWAT), meanwhile, took up elevated positions that allowed them to see into the large trash receptacle and hear what the suspects were saying inside it

Lieutenant Matt Dobbs said: “Marquez eventually made threatening comments and pushed Iriarte into a position where they believed he was going to shoot her.”

When the officers saw the man pointing the gun at his girlfriend, they fired at Marquez.

According to the San Diego Police Department, Iriarte surrendered, uninjured.

She was arrested for auto theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and false identification, identity theft, and being an accessory to a crime after the fact.

Christopher Templo Marquez, 36, was a priority for law enforcement as he was involved in two shootings that resulted in casualties on 15th March and 5th April.

During the road chase that passed through several communities from the Loma Portal to downtown San Diego, Marquez fired at the officers following him.

The first time he fired in the direction of the officers near the intersection of Nimitz and West Point Loma boulevards, then in the A Street and 10th Avenue area and for the last time at the school.

None of the officers pursuing the gunman was shot.

The Homicide Unit was called to the scene to conduct the officer-involved shooting investigation.

The Internal Affairs Unit will conduct an investigation to determine if there were any policy violations.

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