Salinas, Cal.- Police officers in Salinas, California shot and killed a man they allege swung garden shears at them on a busy street corner.
The officers responded to a report that a man on Elkington Avenue, at 12:14 p.m., had attempted to break into a home and was threatening to kill them, according to the police.
Officers found the suspect walking down Elkington Avenue, as captured on a witnesses cell phone camera. The police allege that the suspect had gardening shears in his backpack.
Subsequently the officers demanded that the man get on the ground but he refused, said police. The police claim they attempted to use a Taser on the suspect but that it was ineffective and he simply kept walking away.
Officers said that the man eventually pulled the garden shears from the backpack and began swinging it at them, although from the footage this is unclear.
Fearing being stabbed, the two officers fired on the man, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cell phone video footage captured by onlookers shows the officers following the man. Witnesses can be heard on the video screaming, “Why the f— didn’t you guys just Taser him? You guys didn’t even try.”
This witness’s statement seemingly calls into question the police statement that they attempted to use a Taser on the suspect before fatally shooting him.
Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting. This is the third officer involved killing this year in Salinas and the second of the month.