The SFPD officer who shot a fleeing man in the back earlier this month has been the target of several civil rights lawsuits -- including a pair involving a 2012 incident in which he shot and killed a 15-year-old boy while serving on the South San Francisco Police Department.
The SFPD on Tuesday identified Joshua Cabillo as the officer who shot 28-year-old Oliver Barcenas early June 9 in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Police say Barcenas was carrying a semi-automatic handgun at the time of the shooting, which was captured on bodycam video released last week.
According to federal court documents, Cabillo has been the subject of four civil rights lawsuits in the past six years. Two were related to the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Derrick Gaines in South San Francisco. Two more suits arose from a pair of incidents in 2015 when, as a member of the SFPD, Cabillo and other officers were accused of abusing suspects during arrests.
Cabillo shot Gaines on June 5, 2012, after stopping him and another teenager at a gas station for what he believed was suspicious behavior. Gaines ran, and Cabillo said he saw a gun in the teen's waistband. He gave chase and, striking Gaines in the back of the head with his service weapon, knocked him to the ground. As Gaines tumbled to the ground, a .45 revolver fell from his waistband. In an account reportedly corroborated by a witness at the gas station, Cabillo told investigators he shot Gaines in the neck when the youth appeared to reach for the .45.
Tests later determined that Gaines had cocaine and methamphetamine in his blood at the time of the incident. His weapon lacked a firing pin and could not have been fired.