Skip to comments.Salinas police kill man they say lunged with shears (video)
Posted on 05/21/2014 9:21:43 AM PDT by KneelBeforeZod
Salinas police fatally shot a man armed with gardening shears midday Tuesday outside a Sanborn Road bakery, Cmdr. Vince Maiorana said.
The officer-involved fatality is the second this month and the third for the year including the deaths of Osman Hernandez and Angel Ruiz, respectively. Last year, Salinas police killed one: Jose Ruiz, on Williams Road.
Officers responded about noon Tuesday to a home on the 700 block of Elkington Avenue when a woman reported a man had jumped her backyard fence and attempted to attack her dog with scissors, Maiorana said.
When officers encountered the man at the intersection of Sanborn and Del Monte Avenues, outside Delicia's Bakery, he made no attempt to hide the shears, Maiorana said.
Attempts at hailing the man in English and Spanish were unsuccessful, Maiorana said. Officers then unsuccessfully deployed a Taser as the man began waving the gardening shears in the air, he said
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Suicide by cop or sheer stupidity.
What is it with people? Did you see the woman with a baby in her arms running TOWARD the confrontation!?
What the heck is wrong with these people!?
The subject was in retreat when shot, the officers were too quick to open fire on him. They should have let this “play” out more.
I was about to post the same thing. Look at the people across the street and the people in their vehicles watching. Does no one know about over shot, through shots, ricochets? Fools.
At the point where the police shot the man to death he was not an immediate threat to them. They murdered the man because he had the temerity to refuse to do what they told him to do.
The lesson from this event and from the Bundy ranch event is that if you’re going to refuse to do what the police want you to do then you’d best be well-armed and prepared to shoot.
Because it seems that law enforcement in this country consistently backs down whenever they have to face equal or superior force.
Not enough in the video for me to call it one way or another, but the dead guy had plenty of opportunity to comply.
I think I heard a Tazer pop early on, to no effect.
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Never bring gardening shears to a gun fight.
It is hard to tell if the guy was “spun” by the shot a la hollywood or he had turned around. Camera moves right at the crucial moment
Remember when we’d reflexively give the benefit of the doubt to the police?
Were we naive? Or has something horrible happened in the USA?
Your right they should have let him continue to go down the street and run into some innocent bystander that he could of attack.
He clearly had turned around and moved toward the cop, whether he had sheers in his hand or what not who knows, but its clear that before shot he did turn around and move toward the cop...
for all intents and purposes, Salinas may as well be El Salvador...
No, they should have more assistance come help, then use the pepper spray on him [this is the reason they carry the stuff right] then gang tackled him, in a swarm fashion. Look how fast backup arrived after the officer fires their sidearms.
This “judge, jury, and executioner” police behavior has to stop.
Executing people without benefit of due process because they
“didn’t comply” is just plain wrong.
Perp would not stop, was carrying weapon and could have grabbed some stupid female like the one who chased the scene. Shoot the thing with either a taser of a well placed volley of 9mm. He WAS a danger to the neighborhood and the police trying to subdue him.
I think you’re on to something with the sheer stupidity angle.....
It looked to me like the cop was going to try and surprise him and take away the sheers but the guy turned around too quick and then the sheers were right in the cops face. Maybe I’m wrong but that’s what it looked like.
How’s his dog?
Any word on the immigration status of the deceased?
Agree I didn’t see him lunge forward. Seems they just wanted to push him until they could perforate him and they didn’t choose a safe location - intersection.
We were naive.
So tell how many armed crazy people have you disarmed in that manner.
I can’t believe some of your comments!
This cop MURDERED this guy. Are you all BLIND? The cop moved HIMSELF into a dangerous position and then, SURPRISE, I’m in a dangerous position. Then fires THREE times, just to be sure.
If all else has failed, (don’t know we were there yet) shoot the guy in the leg. Down he goes, threat neutralized.
Pepper spray? A guy with garden shears that can’t breathe and can’t see is not a threat.
As far as the witness with the kid goes, Some people just aren’t terrified by situations that place them in possible danger. I don’t see what she did as a big risk. The likelihood that she or the child would get shot were minimal. I think people need to accept some risk so that the police can be watched as in this case it proved worth the risk.
The perp had garden shears not an explosive device.
More times than is posted in the news. It is one of the safest ways to deal with this kind of trouble.
They don’t have tazers in Salinas? Isn’t this the kind of thing they were made for?
All I can tell from the few frames that are visible is that the cop didn’t move, and the guy did turn around and was closer to the cop then he was before... Other than that, can’t tell anything more.
A tazer was fired, you can hear the pop of it going off early in the encounter. But it was only tried once.