Three officers ‘justified’ in MTS worker shooting

Three San Diego police officers were legally justified in fatally shooting a 47-year-old El Cajon man after he shot to death two co- workers at a Metropolitan Transit System bus terminal, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis concluded in a ruling released Tuesday.

Shortly after 2:15 a.m. on March 24, Officers Kelly Copeland, Jared Wilson and Kelly Besker, along with several other SDPD officers, found Lonnie Ray Glasco standing near MTS service bays on 16th Street in the East Village, holding a handgun in one hand and making a cellular telephone call with his other hand, Dumanis wrote.

For about four minutes, the officers repeatedly ordered Glasco to drop the gun. He eventually lowered his cell phone to his side, raised the gun and pointed it toward the officers, who responded by firing their weapons, according to Dumanis. Glasco died at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds to his arms, chest, abdomen, right hand and left thigh.

About two hours earlier, Glasco made several incoherent statements to other MTS employees about how he thought he was going to be fired that night and how he believed his girlfriend was involved with another employee.

The employees said Glasco appeared to be “in a trance,” Dumanis wrote.

At around 2:15 a.m., after Glasco finished his 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift, he went into a MTS office and told those who were present that no one was leaving. He then shot 55-year-old mechanic Michael Stevenson once in the head before leaving the office and confronting 37-year-old MTS maintenance foreman Benjamin Mwangi in the parking lot.

Mwangi, who began working for MTS in 2007, was shot once in the head and once in the pelvis, and died at the scene.

Stevenson, a 31-year MTS employee, died the same morning at UCSD Medical Center.

Glasco had worked for MTS for 29 years. He was a revenue technician who serviced fare boxes.

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