Body cam footage released of police encounter with YouTube shooter

Lula Sharp
April 14, 2018

Police video made public today (April 13) shows Mountain View police officers talking to a woman in her vehicle hours before she opened fire at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno and telling them she has no intention of hurting herself or others.

The department released more than 30 minutes of recordings, including Aghdam's interactions with both officers who spoke with her, and the call from a department dispatcher to a San Diego County sheriff's dispatcher to discuss Aghdam's status as a missing person.

The officer asks why she left her family and Aghdam responds: "We don't get along together, so I left them".

The uncut video at no point shows the officers asking Aghdam whether she was armed.

The video - captured by the cops' body cameras - shows the officers wake up Aghdam, and ask her whether she was taking any medications or meant to harm anyone - standard police questions for anyone reported as an "at-risk" missing person, the department notes.

About 11 hours after her conversation with police, Aghdam opened fire at YouTube Headquarters, wounding three before turning the gun on herself.

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A woman claims YouTube "discriminated and filtered" her content in a video posted in 2017. In the video, Aghdam is seen asleep in the back seat. The father asked police if his daughter planned to return home, and officers replied it did not appear so.

Officer: "You don't want to hurt yourself, do you?" A routine records check did not reveal any hits or threats of violence.

In the press release, Mountain View police cited the Penal Code section that defines what constitutes an "at risk" person, which includes but is not limited to "a person missing because of circumstances including being the victim of a crime or foul play, needing medical attention, having no pattern of running away or disappearing, being the victim of parent/family abduction, or being mentally impaired".

In a statement, Mountain View Police Chief Max Bosel said that his officers followed proper protocol. However, PIO Nelson said that officers did not re-contact Nasim Aghdam. She said she was OK with police looking at it, but did not want her family to know her new number.

He communicated the interaction with the father and when he understood the two hung up.

After police finished questioning her, they notified her father that she had been found and was all right, and did not want contact with him, ABC 7 reported. "Are you taking any types of medication at all?" the backup officer asked. The father suggested that may have been one of the reasons she was in the area.

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