The radio chatter started about 7:11 p.m. on March 21. Dispatch relays a call to Ingleside Station police, describing a man “in bright red jacket, 6’1, 200 pounds, black pants, has a gun on his hip.”
Police said after the incident that Nieto never had a gun, but that the caller might have mistaken his hip-holstered Taser for a handgun.
About one minute, 15 seconds later, more information comes over the radio.
“He’s got a gun at his hip and is pacing back and forth on the north side of the park near a chain-link fence.”
Another minute passes and a police officer asks for an update on the call about a person with a gun in Bernal Heights.
“He’s eating chips or sunflower seeds,” dispatch responds, apparently relaying information from the person who called police.
At about 7:17 p.m., an officer spots someone:
“Hey there’s a guy in a red shirt way up the hill walking toward you guys.”
Then another officer responds, “I got a guy right here.”
And 25 seconds later, an officer shouts, “Shots fired! Shots fired!” Another two officers also tell dispatch that shots have been fired, and one announces an emergency “code 33.”
More police officers radio that they are responding to an incident that quickly changed from a code 221 (person with gun) to 217 (shooting).
Police closed off the north side of Bernal Heights Park and cleared the way for an ambulance. They also transport two witnesses, one who they refer to as the “original 909″ (code for a citizen requesting interview) to Ingleside Station and begin canvassing the park for other people who may have seen the shooting. Police are repeatedly requested to switch to a different radio channel to discuss the shooting, so this audio may not include all of the chatter about the incident.
Audio files of the scanner activity are available for listening at KQED.