California police use fire hose on man before fatal shooting


California police use fire hose on man before fatal shooting

The suspect, identified only as a man in his 30s, did not yield right away but eventually pulled into a parking lot in the 100 block of West Katella Avenue, officers said.

A possibly suicidal California man was forced from his vehicle by blasts of water from a powerful fire hose and then fatally shot by police in a wild Sunday night standoff caught on video. He poured some onto a rag and lit a cigarette, Lopez said.

The 33-year-old driver "produced a gas can and a lighter and barricaded himself" in the van, according to Thorsen, who said a license plate check showed an arrest warrant had been issued for the registered owner of the vehicle.

"At that point, we don't know if we have a guy attempting suicide or attempting to blow up his van".

Video aired by KABC-TV ( ) showed that moments after the water was sprayed and police broke additional windows, the shirtless man climbed out head-first through the driver's-side window.

Video shows the man then climbing out of a vehicle window and struggling with officers. "That's why a plan was devised to get him out of the vehicle".

One officer fired a round that hit the suspect in the upper chest area, Thorsen said.

A non-lethal round of rubber projectiles was ineffective so officers used lethal force, Lopez said.

KABC-TV ( reports the officers broke the windows of the man's auto before dawn Monday in the city of Orange and used a fire hose to douse the inside of the vehicle while he was in inside it.

The man died at a hospital a short time later.

Lt. Fred Lopez says officers were concerned the man was going to light himself on fire. The suspect jumped out the front as the police shouted "knife, knife" and then gunshots were fired.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office is investigating.



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