California man forced from vehicle with fire hose, fatally shot by police

Posted March 13, 2017

A man who threatened to set himself on fire and then pulled a knife on police after a traffic stop was shot by officers around 11 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.

The freakish incident started around 11:15 p.m.in the city of Orange when police tried to stop the man's white GMC minivan for a traffic violation, a spokesman with Orange Police said.

Police broke the minivan's windows and used a fire hose to flush the man out and protect people at a 24-hour laundry and other businesses in a surrounding strip mall, Lopez said. He poured some onto a rag and lit a cigarette, Lopez said. "It was, do we have a suicide? He actually at one point showed us the lighter and that he had something incendiary", Lopez told the Daily News.

KABC-TV (http://bit.ly/2mDxpTR) reports the officers broke the windows of the man's auto before dawn Monday in the city of Orange and used a fire hose to douse the inside of the vehicle while he was in inside it.

The Orange Fire Department soon arrived on scene with a fire hose to assist police in extracting the man from his auto. Within seconds, a powerful hose starts spraying water into the minivan's cabin.

He rolled down his window, and officers commanded him to exit the vehicle, but he refused, Lopez said.

Video shows the man then climbing out of a vehicle window and struggling with officers.

Video aired by KABC-TV (http://bit.ly/2mDxpTR ) showed that moments after the water was sprayed and police broke additional windows, the shirtless man climbed out head-first through the driver's-side window.

Shouts of "Knife! Knife!"

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Lopez did not know the number of times the man was shot, and he did not say whether he lunged at officers or tried to harm them. A voice is heard yelling "knife" moments before two shots are heard.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office is investigating the incident with the help of Orange police.