An Orange, CA, police officer fatally shot a man Sunday night after officers used a fire hose to force the man from his vehicle, according to police and video of the confrontation.
The man was driving a white GMC van, and around 11:15 p.m., officers tried to pull him over for a vehicle code violation, according to the Orange Police Department.
The man eventually pulled into a parking space at a strip mall. He rolled down his window, and officers commanded him to exit the vehicle, but he refused, Lt. Fred Lopez said
The man then produced a canister, and officers could smell gasoline. He poured some onto a rag and lit a cigarette, Lopez told the Los Angeles Times.
Police requested the Orange Fire Department after seeing the gas canister, Lopez said.
Police officers broke the man’s passenger window with batons, Lopez said, and then used a fire hose to spray high-pressure water into the vehicle. Video captured at the scene shows the man moving around inside the vehicle before crawling out of the driver’s side window.
Lopez said the man reached behind his back and “at some point, he brandished a knife.” He was shot and killed by an officer.