The names of the San Diego police officers who were involved in the shooting death Friday night of a robbery suspect at Fashion Valley mall were released Monday by police officials.
The officers were Sgt. Robert Tryon, 35, a 12-year veteran of the department; Malacha Dowding, 25, who has two years on the force; Robert Nalli, 40, a policeman for 18 months; Steven Higgins, 28, a two-year veteran, and Robert Minton, 35, on the force for one year.
Norman Lamont Jones, 31, of San Diego, allegedly pointed a toy handgun at the five officers who, with weapons drawn, had ordered Jones to surrender, Police Lt. Tom Orden said. Jones, who reportedly robbed a Woolworth’s store, had run through the crowded mall to his car in a parking lot. When Jones did not comply with the order to put down his gun, he was shot several times, police said.
The five officers were placed on administrative leave, as is customary with all police shootings.