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El Cajon man shot by police outside fast-food restaurant dies

A 56-year-old El Cajon man shot by police during a knife-wielding incident outside a fast-food restaurant has died, police said Thursday.

Moses Jovid Muhammad was shot Friday by Officer Nick Sprecco after refusing commands to drop a knife that he had used to menace several persons, police said. He died this morning at a San Diego area hospital.

Sprecco, a motorcycle officer with seven years' experience, is the son of El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco.

The incident is being probed by the San Diego County district attorney's office, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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Good work officer.


Good work.1 less scumbag

Good shot. Thank you, Officer Sprecco.

One less...

Where possible, police should have to repeatedly warn a suspect to drop a weapon or face death by gunshot. Simply telling them to "drop it" is not enough. The warnings should be explicit, such as" drop it, or I'm going to shoot you in the head right now." If such warnings were given, I think there'd be less of these capital punishment without trial shootings.

Went the police order you to drop your weapon, I guess you should do it. Good work Officer Sprecco.

Fairness -

A officer is holding a weapon pointed at you and tells you to 'drop' something....well you DROP everything....or you get shot and dead. Very simple instructions - 'Drop it!' I assume if it was up to you, you have the Officer give a group hug to the bad guy first, right?

One for the good guys.

'Fairness', the article said the perp had received commmands
(plural), not a command (singular) to drop the knife. How many times does law enforcement need to warn knife-wielders? Stop watching so many cop shows!

If an officer is pointing a gun at you, ordering you to "drop it", how much more of a warning do you expect him to give? What is so confusing about that when you are holding a weapon? Should the officer tell you to drop the weapon so you don't mistakenly drop your pants? Good job officer, it's people like "Fairness" that are killing this state.

Many people do not listen to officers' orders.

I just don't get it.

A person with a gun giving me orders would get my attention.

Do El Cajon police carry Tasers?

i notice a lot of death-happy people here! just to play devil's advocate for a second - aren't police able to use non-lethal methods these days, like say - tazer gun?

just a thought. we don't know any of the circumstances surrounding this, so let's not jump to conclusions and find happiness in the shooting of someone.

have you considered this man may have been mentally ill???

Problem solved.


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