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Video: California Officers Shoot, Kill Man Armed with Gardening Shears

May 21, 2014  | 

VIDEO: California Officers Shoot, Kill Man Armed with Gardening Shears

Salinas, Calif., police fatally shot a man armed with gardening shears midday Tuesday outside a Sanborn Road bakery, Salinas Police Department Cmdr. Vince Maiorana said.

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 told the Salinas Californian.

When officers encountered the man at the intersection of Sanborn Road and Del Monte Avenue, 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.

"This individual pulled the gardening shears and actually attempted to attack the officers with the gardening shears," Maiorana said. "In response, the officers, fearing for their personal safety, shot this individual, and this individual is now deceased."

The incident was captured on video by a civilian and posted on YouTube.


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