Information from: The Record, http://www.recordnet.com/Witness: CHP shooting of Stockton man unprovoked
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 08/26/2008 10:05:18 AM PDT
STOCKTON, Calif.-A witness says a man shot dead by California Highway Patrol officers was not charging the officers with his truck as they allege.
According to the CHP, officers shot 21-year-old Joseph Pinasco after he ignored their warnings to stop and then charged them with the truck early Sunday morning. The confrontation followed a short chase when officers tried to pull Pinasco over for driving erratically.
But Geri Wade, who lives on the rural road where the shooting occurred, says Pinasco's truck was stuck between a fence and a ditch and the officers "did not give him one second of a chance."
The incident is under investigation, and the officers have been placed on administrative leave.
CHP Officers Shoot, Kill Driver In Stockton
CBS 5 CrimeWatch
STOCKTON (AP) ― The California Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal shooting of a man who officers say revved his engine and drove toward them in his truck.
21-year-old Joseph Pinasco of Stockton died at the scene Sunday.
According to investigators, CHP officers were responding to calls of possible street racing when they spotted a truck going erratically near Highway 4.
After a short chase, the driver lost control and the truck spun around to face the two officers, who drew their guns and ordered the driver to stop.
Investigators say he accelerated toward them and the officers opened fire.
A CHP spokesman says it's unlikely Pinasco had been involved in the racing.