In this case, he did have garden shears, but they availed him not, as he apparently used them to attack a policeman in a case of suicide by cop. He’d been called in for a home invasion, and fled, with the cops in pursuit in what can only be described as a slow-speed foot chase.
A foul-mouthed local hood rat bimbo filmed parts of the confrontation. At about 1 minute she loses the action just as the guy rounds on Officer Friendly, who gives him four of the finest. “Trigger warning”: Not only does some complete waste of sperm and egg get himself shot, another complete waste of sperm and egg provides NSFW color commentary.
Then she starts screaming, abusing the cops. “Bleepdy-bleeps! Why didn’t you taser him? You bleeps!”
Well, at six seconds into the video you can hear them try to tase him, without effect.
Could they have taken a guy armed only with garden shears down? Yeah, but not without risk. He had plenty of opportunities to give himself up. He didn’t take ’em.
A local (if you call San Francisco “local” to Salinas, inland from Monterey) TV station has more details, including the name of the 44-year-old suspect, and information about the 911 call that said he was trying to break into a house, threatening to kill the people inside, and tried to choke the family’s dog (hmmm. Maybe he was a WeaponsMan.com reader?) The station also reported that of the two cops’ Tasers, one failed to fire and the other cop missed.
Lately, the Salinas cops have been ventilating folks who brandish poorly selected weapons. In March, they were muzzled by one Angel Francisco Ruiz. Post-mortem it turned out his gun was a non-firing replica. Earlier this month, another suspect pulled out a knife when the cops tried to cuff him; they wound up slabbing him instead.
Also sprach Darwin. See you in Hell, Carlos Mejia.
Maybe the next idjit who considers himself well-armed with a hedge-trimming tool will learn something from this, in which case the decedent’s life has served a purpose after all: bad example.
Hat tip: Bob at Bearing Arms.