California police use fire hose on man before fatal shooting

14 March, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Garry Little
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It was the second fatal shooting by police in California's Orange County in a four-day period.

The weird incident started around 11:15 p.m.in the city of Orange when police tried to stop the man's white GMC minivan for a traffic violation, a spokesman with Orange Police said. He poured some onto a rag and lit a cigarette, Lopez said.

The driver got out of the vehicle through the driver's side window, but he "armed himself with a knife", prompting police to try to subdue him with "less-lethal ammunition", which was "ineffective", Thorsen said.

Video shows the man then climbing out of a auto window and struggling with officers.

"At this point, the officers were no longer concerned about the traffic ticket", Lopez said. "The vehicle had privacy glass, so we couldn't see what other issues there were in the vehicle", Lopez said.

Police requested the Orange Fire Department after seeing the gas canister, Lopez said.

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The man is seen fleeing to the back of the vehicle to seek refuge, but the hose follows him. They say they were anxious he would light himself on fire.

Officers broke windows on the van with clubs and hatchets, then used a firehose to blast the man from the van, soaking the scene in the process and inhibiting a fire.

Lopez said the man reached behind his back and "at some point, he brandished a knife".

The Orange Fire Department uses a hose to flush a man from his vehicle in Orange on March 12, 2017.

The Orange County Register is reporting that a man shot by police in a freaky and dramatic traffic stop gone wrong has died. Lopez described the man, whose identity has not yet been released, as a 35-year-old Orange resident.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office will be investigating the shooting, Thoresen said.

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