Anaheim officer in disputed shooting identified
Associated Press | October 10, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif.—Court documents have revealed that the Anaheim police officer in one of two deadly shootings that have caused strife and spurred protests in the city is an amateur boxer with the nickname “Buckshot.”
A civil lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed 25-year-old man shot and killed outside an apartment complex in July was amended Tuesday to include the name of the officer, Nick Bennalack.
Bennalack is a five-year veteran and former rookie of the year in the department. The department had withheld the officer’s name, but Sgt. Bob Dunn confirmed for the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times that it was Bennalack who shot Manuel Diaz on July 21.
The very next night, Anaheim police shot and killed another man, Joel Acevedo, setting off four days of violent protests that resulted in smashed shop windows, dozens of arrests, and vociferous calls for more Latino representation in the city’s leadership.
Police said Diaz, a reputed gang member with a criminal record, failed to heed orders and threw something as he fled police.