Police in Northern California shot and killed a man who attacked officers with a metal rake in the backyard of a home in Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz Police Department says a resident of the house called police Sunday around 3:30am to report a man ‘pounding’ on his front door.
While officers were in route, the resident called police a second time and said the man was now at the back door of the residence and yelling he wanted to kill everyone inside.
Officials say that while trying to take the 32-year-old man into custody, he attacked the officers with a metal bow rake.
Officials say the man, who may have been mentally disturbed, attacked them with a metal rake, possibly the one photographed above at the crime scene
A 32-year-old man described as mentally unstable was shot in the backyard of a house in the 200 block of Chace Street near Getchell in Santa Cruz
Police cordoned off the house where a man is said to have tried to break inside with a rake
Police said they had to shoot the man who would not drop the rake despite warnings and being Tasered
The department says officers gave ‘repeated demands’ to the man to drop the rake and used Tasers but were not able to stop him.
As he continued to attack the officers with the rake, one of the officers shot him and police rendered aid on the scene, according to ABC7, but the man was pronounced dead on the scene. Police didn’t release his name.
A neighbor said that the man was ‘mentally unstable’ and had broken into the house a couple of days before the incident, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
At that point, the neighbor said, the man had been Tasered and taken into custody, but later released.
The paper confirmed a similar incident had happened at the address on October 11 but police would not elaborate.
A neighbor described the man as mentally unstable and said he had broken into the house once before
The District Attorney’s office will lead the investigation as per law since a police officer was involved in the shooting
A neighbor said the man had broken into the house once before and was mentally unstable
Another neighbor said his wife had reported hearing two or three shots on the night the officer killed the man.
Because the shooting involved a police officer, the District Attorney’s Office will be the lead investigative agency, per the county’s Critical Incident Protocol, which is enacted to ensure an independent investigation.
Texas and California are the only states that require reporting to the attorney general’s office of all in-custody and police-involved shootings, according to CBS News.
But a study by Texas State University in San Marcos found that about 220 use-of-force fatalities in Texas and 440 in California were not reported from 2005-2015, according to The Houston Chronicle.
According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, local officers do not wear cameras.