January 18, 2013 (El Cajon ) – Raymond Lee Goodlow, 53, of El Cajon is hospitalized after being shot multiple times by an El Cajon Police officer at 9:29 a.m.. According to police, Goodlaw was illegally riding his bicycle on the sidewalk and refused to pull over when an officer attempted to stop him in the 1300 block of East Main.
Police and witnesses say the officer ordered the man to halt and get down on the ground, but that instead, Goodlaw reached into the waistband of his pants. Fearing that he had a gun, the officer fired several times, witnesses report.
Goodlow did not have a gun. He did, however, have two knives that were discovered by paramedics while treating his injuries, Lt. Tim Henton said.
One bullet struck Goodlow in the face; another passed through a vehicle parked nearby on the Best Car 4 U car lot.
“Investigators are evaluating potential criminal charges,” Lt. Henton stated, but added that the Goodlow has not been arrested.
Pat Reardon witnessed the incident and told ECM news partner 10 News that Goodlow looked as though “he was trying to ditch something.” He confirmed that the victim refused to comply with officers’ orders.
A clerk at the St. Francis Motel nearby told the U-T San Diego that Goodlow was “Disrespectful, confrontational and prevocational.”
But another witness, Roy Mattingly, criticized police actions. He told 10 News that he was across the street and shouted, “Don’t kill that man! You ain’t got no right shooting that man.”
Goodlow is in stable condition after surgery at Sharp Memorial Hospital.
If you witnessed this incident, call the El Cajon Police Department at 619-579-3311.