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Carlsbad Police Release Video of Officer Shootout with Patrick Harold Doherty

Patrick Harold Doherty was booked into jail for alleged attempted murder of a police officer.

City of Carlsbad Press Release Re: Patrick Harold Doherty Shooting

This critical incident debrief video is intended to provide an overview of the circumstances related to an officer-involved shooting on Oct. 20, 2023, at approximately 10:54 p.m.


Carlsbad Police stopped a white Ford Van at Madison Street and Oak Avenue in the City of Carlsbad after seeing the driver commit multiple traffic violations in the area. The vehicle was driven by a single male occupant. As the officer approached the vehicle to contact the male, the driver produced a handgun and fired one round at the officer without warning. The officer immediately sought cover from the gunfire and returned fire with his service weapon. The suspect drove about 1/8 block south before stopping. The officer called for additional units and a high-risk vehicle stop was conducted once additional officers arrived. The suspect was given commands and complied with the officers’ directions. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. Nobody was struck by gunfire during this incident.

This video contains audio and video footage of the incident to provide the public with a better understanding of what occurred based on the information available to investigators thus far. Viewer discretion is advised.

Per the Countywide Memorandum of Understanding the San Diego Police Department was called to the scene to conduct the officer-involved shooting investigation, which is currently underway. When the San Diego Police Department completes its investigation, it will be reviewed by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Carlsbad Police is conducting an administrative investigation into the incident, in accordance with department policy.

For further information contact: Carlsbad Police Department Lieutenant Eric Kovanda at 442-339-2146 or [email protected]

Source: City of Carlsbad CA

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