A Santa Cruz Police officer shot and killed a 32-year-old man neighbors described as “mentally unstable” after he allegedly attacked officers with a metal rake.
According to a statement from the police department, the incident began in the early hours of Sunday morning in response to a disturbance at a Santa Cruz home.
A resident called in to report a man “pounding” on his front door. The man eventually made his way to the back door and started yelling that he wanted to kill everyone inside the home, police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke told theSanta Cruz Sentinel.
Once officers arrived they called the suspect, whose identity has not been released, out from the backyard.
“In the course of attempting to take the subject into custody, he attacked the officers with a metal bow rake,” the Santa Cruz Police Department press release reads. “… he refused all repeated commands from the officers to drop the weapon.”
Police attempted to Tase their alleged assailant, but to no avail, prompting the use of lethal force, according to the statement.
“One of the officers fired at the suspect with their department issued handgun. Officers renderd first aid to the suspect until the arrival of emergency medical crews.”
A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, told the newspaper the shooting victim, who he described as “mentally unstable,” broke into the same house a “couple of days” ago. The first time around, the man was Tased, taken into custody and later released, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.