A shirtless, knife-wielding man with a snake fatally shot Friday in a tense confrontation with police at a Southern California strip mall.
Officers performed life saving measures on the unknown suspect, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Torrance Police said in a press release.
“I saw him threaten at least two people waved the knife at them,” witness Brandon Hallock, who was in the mall in Torrance before the police arrived, told Fox 11 Los Angeles.
“He sat on the ground. They tried to talk to him, and ask him to put down that knife. They must have talked to him for a good ten minutes.”
The police told Fox 11 that after trying to talk with the man in placing his knife down, they shot him with a non-lethal “bean bug” several times.
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But a moment later, the man stood up and approached the officers, police said. That is, when the police opened fire.
The police said that it is a standard procedure, and the officers took the right measures.
“I believe that our officers used restraint in this situation so they tried less than lethal options for officers had done their best to deescalate the situation. Unfortunately, he is not in accordance with the officers’ orders,” Torrance Police Sgt. Ronald Harris told Fox 11.
Sharp weapons were also recovered at the scene, police said.
Torrance is about 21 km south of downtown Los Angeles.
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.