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Police Release Body Cam Video Of YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam

Police Release Body Cam Video Of YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam

Footage of the encounter, released by Mountain View Police today, takes place around 1:38AM, when officers correlated the licence plate of the auto Aghdam was asleep in to one associated with an "at risk" missing person.

About 11 hours after her encounter with officers, Aghdam opened hearth at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, capturing three people sooner than killing herself. When her white Pontiac came up attached to a missing person's report, officers got information from San Diego about Aghdam and then approached the vehicle to question her.

"She was always complaining that YouTube ruined her life", her brother, Shahran Aghdam, told the San Jose Mercury News from the family's home in Menifee, California. Nasim Aghdam: (Shakes her head no) Officer: "You don't want to commit suicide or anything like that right?"

The officers tell her they will contact her father to say that she had been found in Mountain View and the video-taped interaction ends.

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The backup officer has 20 years' experience with Mountain View Police, while the other officer has less experience. She told police she did not tell her family where she was going. They later explain to Aghdam, 39, that they often run such plates as stolen vehicles are sometimes left there. He and another officer questioned he as to why she was considered "at-risk" in the missing persons report.

Aghdam had legally purchased the 9mm handgun that she used in the shooting in January and visited a gun range the morning of the shooting, police said. They is no copy of the phone call, officers said, because to record such a thing would require a legit investigative reason. Aghdam replies first that she needed to sleep, then expands her answer. But police said he did not warn them about the possibility of violence. The father thanked them and hung up. Aghdam posted on her website.

Roughly one hour after that, the father called back to let the officer know that his daughter had recently become upset about changes on the YouTube platform that had impacted videos she had created on living a vegan lifestyle.

Aghdam was a prolific social media user and had several YouTube channels in multiple languages, including English, Farsi and Turkish. The officer stated that in speaking with Aghdam, it appeared she did not wish to go back to the San Diego area.


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