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CA Officers Shoot, Kill Man Advancing on Them with Axe

January 11, 2018  | 

San Jose, CA, police don’t have clear answers for why a man hopped a fence into a South San Jose power station armed with an axe, a long pole, and throwing knives, and got into a confrontation where officers shot and killed him Tuesday evening.

Image: San Jose PD/Facebook
Image: San Jose PD/Facebook

“This was an individual undergoing mental crisis and arms himself, and officers had to deal with it,” Police Chief Eddie Garcia said. “It’s an unfair situation for both parties. It’s a sad case. My officers are shaken by it, and I’m sure the individual’s family was shaken by it.”

Garcia said his officers ordered the man to drop the weapons 23 times. “He said, ‘Shoot me and kill me’ several times,” Garcia said.

“When the suspect was approximately 5 to 6 feet away from one of the officers, one officer shot the suspect, and the suspect continued toward the second officer, with the ax and (pipe) still in his hands,” Garcia said. “The second officer then also shot.”

The San Jose Mercury News reports the 27-year-old man was admitted to a local hospital on a psychiatric hold in September, and over the past year had run-ins with police in San Jose, Fresno and Santa Cruz County, some of which yielded the three active misdemeanor bench warrants issued for him on various drug and weapons offenses.

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kojack58 @ 1/11/2018 5:00 PM

Throwing knives, an axe and a long metal pole. I bet a taser would not have even affected him. Its too bad he wouldn't stop after the first shot. Well he got his wish on the second round. Good job officers you tried to talk him down and he refused.

Anthony @ 1/12/2018 2:11 AM

And with active bench warrants against this individual, it certainly wasn't his DEBUT with conflicts with the police and the court. As the Chief said, it's very sad but the officers did no wrong here.

Jon Retired LEO @ 1/12/2018 11:58 AM

There was definitely a short circuit somewhere because he should have been slowed considerably after the first shot. Another case where who knows what kind of drugs may have been in his system to not feel pain.

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