VIDEO: Deadly officer-involved shooting in Santa Cruz


SANTA CRUZ (KRON)—Santa Cruz police shot and killed a suspect after he allegedly attacked officers with a rake Sunday morning, according to the department.

The incident happened around 3:30 a.m. at a home on Chace St.

The caller reported that a man was “pounding” on his front door.

While officers were on their way to the scene, the caller called a second time reporting that the suspect was at his back door and yelling that he wanted to kill everyone inside the home.

When police officers arrived, they found the suspect in the backyard.

While the officers were trying to take the suspect into custody, he allegedly attacked them with a rake, police said.

The suspect kept ignoring commands to drop the rake which is when officers decided to use tasers to stop the attack.

The tasers didn’t work and the suspect kept attacking officers with the rake, police said.

Police then decided to use lethal force.

One of the officers shot his gun at the suspect.

Officers tried treating the suspect before emergency crews arrived.

The identity of the suspect has not yet been released.

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office is leading the investigation into the shooting.

The Santa Cruz Police Department will also conduct its own separate administrative investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Santa Cruz police at (831)420-5820.

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