San Diego Police Identify 23-Year-Old As Man Shot By Cop After Slitting His Own Throat

San Diego Police Identify 23-Year-Old As Man Shot By Cop After Slitting His Own Throat

Ryan Bowers is now in critical condition, fighting for his life.

Published January 8th

On Monday, San Diego police identified a man who was shot by a police officer last week after slitting his own throat as a 23-year-old musician and rapper.

According to police, reports came from a home around 10 p.m. on Jan. 3 that Ryan Bowers had cut his own throat with a knife. The person who called 911 told dispatchers they managed to get the knife away from Bowers, reported 10 News San Diego.

Police responded to the scene and were directed to a back bedroom of an apartment unit. In the room, Bowers produced another knife and raised it towards the officers, Lt. Dupree told reporters.

The officers then drew their weapons and ordered Bowers to drop the knife. According to police, Bowers advanced towards the officers with the knife drawn.

Bowers was then shot by Officer Matthew Steinbach.

“Fearing for his safety, one officer fired his weapon at the male striking him at least once,” police said.

The Officers administered medical aid to Bowers until paramedics arrived and transported him to a local hospital. Bowers, who suffered life-threatening injuries, remains in critical condition.

Nick Cannon posted a photo of himself with Bowers and singer Kehlani after the incident. Cannon revealed Bowers was a talented artist who faced his own demons.

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This honestly hurts my heart to have to post this right now, but I’m just requesting prayers and positive energy for my young guy! @RyanBowersOB has to be one of the most talented and gifted youngsters I’ve ever met but more importantly one of the most resilient and strong spirits I’ve personally witnessed. He had such a troubled and haunted journey when I first signed him that I wasn’t aware of because he did it all with a smile. One of the nicest and sincere kids you could ever meet. About 5 years ago I created a alternative rap group for him and @Kehlani along with a few other talented young artist called “PWD”. They were all so dope that I invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in them. They had amazing songs with @E40 @losangelesconfidential @djpremier and more. They toured with @therealtechn9ne and even performed on Wildnout, at SXSW and other festivals. And Bowers was the energy of the group, a writer, rapper, singer, skateboarder.😊! The kid could do it all, but like most of us he had his own demons and darkness that he struggled with. We would often talk about God and Spirituality and he got to a place where it all was confusing for him and he couldn’t trust anyone. I told him I would always have his back and would be there for him so when I got the call today that he slit his throat and then immediately after the San Diego police shot him numerous times. My heart sunk. Through the grace of the Most High Ryan Bowers is still here with us, but he needs your prayers and positive energy. I promise you if my guy pulls through I will make the world know him and appreciate his amazing journey and gifts!! I love you my dude! I know you are going to pull through! 🙏🏾

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Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: NMCO via YouTube)


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