Sailor Arraigned in Hospital After Confrontation With Police

Esteban Nandin, assigned to the Naval Amphibious Base, pleads not guilty after being shot and accused to waving firearm at San Diego officers.

A sailor who was allegedly carrying an assault rifle and wearing body armor when he was shot by a San Diego police officer in a downtown apartment building pleaded not guilty from his hospital bed Wednesday to a charge of exhibiting a firearm.

Esteban Nandin, 24, of the Naval Amphibious Base, was ordered held on $100,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney Robert Eacret said Nandin faces three years in prison if convicted, although the continuing investigation may yield additional charges.

Officers were called to a six-story residential building, above commercial space and just south of Horton Plaza, shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Someone inside 606 Third Ave. told a 911 dispatcher that a man wearing a tactical vest and carrying a military-style assault-type weapon was in a first-floor corridor.

Police said arriving officers entered the lobby of the building and, as one opened a stairwell door leading to the garage, spotted a man, later identified as Nandin, with a gun.

The defendant saw the officers and allegedly began to raise the barrel of the weapon towards them. The officer closest to Nandin fired two rounds from his duty weapon, striking the suspect, police said.

Nandin retreated into the stairwell and a SWAT team was called.

About 50 minutes after the shooting, Nandin, bleeding from his chest and arm, emerged from the building unarmed and was taken into custody.

A loaded military-style assault rifle, gas mask, handgun and a body armor vest were found in the stairwell, police said.

The officer who fired the shots is an 18-year veteran of the department, according to police.

Nandin faces upcoming surgery, including a skin graft, said defense attorney Jeremiah Sullivan.

The defendant is a 2nd class petty officer.

Superior Court Judge Lorna Alksne scheduled a bail review for Tuesday. A readiness conference was set for Nov. 9 and a preliminary hearing for Nov. 27.


– City News Service

Bosn October 19, 2012 at 01:33 AM
When did it become illegal to carry a rifle and accessories from your vehicle to your apartment? Did the Police even identify themselves and say freeze before they opened fire on this guy? Maybe the guy was startled and turned to see who was coming into the stairwell and as his body turned, the weapon turned also. This doesn't mean the guy was going to fire his weapon. I'm not saying he wasn't going to fire it either. I'm just wondering if they police gave him warning and told him to drop his weapon before they shot him, or if this eighteen year veteran officer misjudged the situation and prematurely fired his weapon. Many questions still need to be answered.
John Galt October 19, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I have the same concerns. Should carry the stuff, not wear it, however... that is not what occured. What was the crime?
Salinde October 20, 2012 at 03:04 AM
SDPD has the highest shoot first ratio of any Police Department in the entire US. They also have the highest ratio of justified shootings. Listen, if you are moving a firearm from residence to vehicle, place it in a weapons bag with a lock on it. The cops will leave you alone. Also, don't wear body armor, it's makes them very nervous, they just have to have reasonable cause, and you have a weapon to fire on you. I used to work for Cubic Defense and I had to transport MaDuece, M249, M16A1, M60 etc etc in the back of a station wagon ...we would get pulled over every now and then....we had licenses to carry and transport them, but they didn't know that when we would bet pulled over...some very very nervous cops..literally sweating bullets ..
JOhn October 20, 2012 at 04:26 AM
You have been watching too much NCIS.
Louis Vuitton Belts October 29, 2012 at 02:47 AM
http://www.coachoutletonlineoe.com Coach Factory Outlet http://www.louisvuittonbeltspc.com Louis Vuitton Belts http://www.coachoutletsstorebm.com Coach Factory Store http://www.guccibeltsmh.com Gucci Belt http://www.coachouletbtf.com Coach Factory Online Store http://www.coachoutletuse.net Coach Factory Outlet http://www.coachoutletb1.com Coach Factory Online http://www.coachoutlethcs.com Coach Outlet Online http://www.coachoutletonlinetpc.net Coach Online Outlet http://www.coachoutletonlineeu.net Coach Factory Outlet Online http://www.coachfactorystorebg.org Coach Bags Outlet http://www.coachoutletonlineef.org Coach Outlet Online http://www.coachfactoryonlinemb.com Coach Factory Online http://www.coachfactoryoutletion.com Coach Factory Outlet http://www.hermesbeltsoutletns.net Hermes Belt http://www.coachoutletmls.com Coach Factory Outlet Online


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »