” Salinas police fatally shot a man armed with gardening shears midday Tuesday outside a Sanborn Road bakery, Cmdr. Vince Maiorana said.
The officer-involved fatality is the second this month and the third for the year including the deaths of Osman Hernandez and Angel Ruiz, respectively. Last year, Salinas police killed one: Jose Ruiz, on Williams Road.
Officers responded about noon Tuesday to a home on the 700 block of Elkington Avenue when a woman reported a man had jumped her backyard fence and attempted to attack her dog with scissors, Maiorana said.
When officers encountered the man at the intersection of Sanborn and Del Monte Avenues, outside Delicia’s Bakery, he made no attempt to hide the shears, Maiorana said.
Attempts at hailing the man in English and Spanish were unsuccessful, Maiorana said. Officers then unsuccessfully deployed a Taser as the man began waving the gardening shears in the air, he said.
” This individual pulled the gardening shears and actually attempted to attack the officers with the gardening shears,” Maiorana said. “In response, the officers, fearing for their personal safety, shot this individual, and this individual is now deceased.”
The claim of “imminent threat” to the police officers is clearly disputed by the video . All we can see is a man making every effort to avoid the police . When did the cops lose their cojones ? What ever happened to the baton ? All the man had was a pair of gardening shears yet the cops felt the need to use deadly force ?
There was no cop man enough to take out his ASP and give the suspect one good whack to the arm and disarm him ? We are a nation of cowards . Just when did we come to value personal safety over all else ?