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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. Read Full Story Here.

Warning: Civilian Video with Explicit Language and Anti-Officer Sentiment

May 21, 2014

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Philip DeeBeers @ 5/22/2014 5:11 PM

To quote a part of Star Wars..." blast em, blast em". Looked good to me.

Sgt. Mike @ 5/25/2014 10:27 AM

Funny how she claimed they didn’t even try to Taser the guy, when her video clearly shows the Taser was minimally effective when deployed at the onset of the recording.

She may not be a perfect witness, but her video sure is. Regardless of her behavior and sentiment, her video will go a long way to help the investigation.

Stay Safe, it’s a hostile world out there.

Renee @ 5/28/2014 7:52 AM

I have an honest question that has plagued me for some time now. LEO's please help me...why in a situation such as this, do officer shoot to kill, instead of disable? Like shoot in the leg or somewhere not fatal. I am in no way defending the perp, or condemning the officers. I honestly just want to know.

Seriously... @ 5/29/2014 10:18 AM

Renee, they're shooting to stop the threat of serious bodily injury or death to themselves... Now imagine a guy lunging/charging at you with a knife or garden sheers or whatever they can use to stab you, and imagine trying to be able to shoot them in the leg (which is moving and a much smaller target than a torso) and hoping that a leg shot will stop their forward progression enough to where they can't stab you. If you have somebody charging you, you're not going to shoot for their legs. It's too small of a target, that is moving, with no guarantee that it will have the needed effects on the that time, the person has made up their mind that they're going to try and use deadly force against the cop and they're going to have to accept the consequences for their actions. Nobody MADE them pick up the knife.

Renee @ 6/2/2014 12:27 PM

@Seriously... Thanks for that answer. Makes sense!!!

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