A California teenager caught a fatal shooting on camera, and the video has quickly gone viral.
“Why the f*** did you guys shoot him?” yells 19-year-old Yoanna Prieto over the footage. “F***ing idiots! You guys are f***ing idiots!”
The man was allegedly acting strangely and was not responding to police officers, The Monterey Herald reports, according to Salinas police Cmdr. Vince Maiorana. They were responding to a call from a woman who said that the man had tried to force his way into her home and kill her dog after exposing himself to her.
"Officers found the man walking down the street with gardening shears in his hand," Maiorana said.
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The officers Tased the man and tried to arrest him, Majorana said, but the man wouldn’t stop trying to attack one of the cops with the shears.
"Officers end up talking to this individual, trying to find out what he's doing and what the situation was based upon the original 911 call," Maiorana said. "This individual started to wave the gardening shears at the officers. We tried to deploy a Taser; the Taser did not work and as the officers tried to detain this individual, this individual pulled the gardening shears and actually attacked the officers with the gardening shears.
"In response, the officers, fearing for their personal safety, shot this individual and he is now deceased."
Prieto was approached by the police after she took the video, over which her and her mother’s screams can be heard. She gave them a copy of the recording before posting it on her own Facebook page.
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Police Chief Kelly McMillin urged the public not to jump to conclusions about the events.
"I understand there's a lot of emotions and a lot of legitimate concerns," he said in a statement. "We're working hard to gather the facts, and when we have the facts, we will present them."
Sources: The Monterey Herald