Fatal Shooting Justified

Photo courtesy: Chino PD

By Anthony Saude

Chino – The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office in favor of a Chino police officer for a fatal shooting of a man on  July 23, 2016

Bernard Wells III, 31 of San Diego, was shot and killed when he pointed a gun at Lt. William Covington and ignored an order to stop during a foot pursuit.

The incident took place at about 9:15 p.m. in a parking lot in the 12100 parking lot of Central Avenue. Wells approached a family and said that he was “looking for some weed” according to the District Attorney’s report at the time. Witnesses told investigators that Wells kept his hands on the front of his pants and they thought that he had a gun in his possession.

Wells drove away after the family told him they didn’t have any marijuana the DA’s report said. A little later a police officer was driving by and was flagged down by the family. While the officer was speaking with the family Wells drove by. The family pointed out Well’s vehicle out to the officer.

Wells parked his car and was getting out when the officer approached him. The officer attempted to search Wells; when he refused to let the officer search him he took off running. The office went after him in pursuit and radioed it in.

Covington was wearing a body camera that clearly shows him leaving a store; he heard the officer’s radio broadcast of the pursuit. He set his ice cream on the trunk of his patrol car and ran toward the area that Wells was running towards. The body camera that Covington was wearing clearly shows that he cut Wells off, pulled in gun and yelled, “get on the ground right now!”

Wells raised his right arm and pointed a gun at Covington the report said. Covington fired three shots at Wells and he went down. The Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported Wells to a nearby hospital via ambulance. He was pronounced dead later that evening.