California police ran into an incident when Michael Anthony Perez, a father of six, refused to get out of his minivan when stopped by police. To get him out, police ended up using a hose, when Perez jumped out of the car brandishing a knife and was shot dead by police.
Officials say the problem started when Perez pulled out a lighter and a gas container. Police then began to be afraid for his life, no telling what the unstable man would do, and ended up getting a hose to spray the car down with water in case of any arson attempts.
Perez became agitated after the water and finally came out of the car. Police spotted a knife in his hand, and after an officer called it, police began to shoot.
The Daily Mail has more:
Shocking video shows the moment fire crews blasted a father-of-six out of his van with a water hose after he was pulled over for a broken tail light – before police shot him dead.
The suspect, identified by his sister as Michael Anthony Perez, had been pulled over in Anaheim, California, on Saturday evening when police say he refused to get out of his minivan.
Officers say they became concerned when the 33-year-old pulled out a lighter and gas container.
‘We felt this guy was going to light himself on fire or blow the car up,’ Orange police Lt. Fred Lopez said
The stunned suspect was blown back by the blast of water but managed to scramble into the backseat.
Half a dozen officers attempted, but failed, to open the van’s door before trying to smash in the vehicle’s windows.
Perez then emerged from the front window of the van, accidentally setting off the horn, and dropped with what appeared to be a small knife in his hand.
A voice was heard to yell ‘knife!’ moments before two shots were fired.
Several more gunshots were heard before Perez slipped and fell to the ground.
An officer could be seen trying to take hold of the suspect, who was shirtless, and the cop managed to get him to the ground before another gunshot from behind appeared to cause the officer to back off.
Perez managed to stand again for a moment before collapsing as five officers pointed their weapons at him. Two knives were later recovered from the scene.
Witnesses could be heard shouting at the police and demanding to know why the officers shot the suspect.
‘What the f**k are you shooting for? What are you shooting for?’ one man asked repeatedly.
Perez, of Orange, was hit once with gunfire and rushed to hospital in an ambulance but was pronounced dead the next day.
Orange police Sgt. Rob Thorsen said Perez had a criminal record that included weapons and drugs violations.
He added that the less-than-lethal round was not effective in subduing the suspect so police were forced to use deadly tactics.