A police officer shot a car theft suspect who refused to follow the commands to show his hands. Instead, he reached for his waistband, the police informed on Thursday.
The officer shot the man twice as he sat inside a car that had been reported stolen in another state.
Lt. Randy Soulard from El Cajon police said the officers responded to the 500 block of South Johnson Avenue sometime before 9 a.m. on Wednesday. An out-of-state law enforcement agency informed them of the location of the stolen 2008 Kia Amanti sedan.
The police confirmed the car was stolen and surrounded the car as the suspect was sleeping inside in the driver’s seat.
Before the officers got to the car, the man woke up and refused to obey the repeated commands to show his hands.
He continued ignoring the commands and said something like “shoot me before I do it” as he was reaching his waistband. The officers believed the suspect had a weapon, which led to shooting the suspect once in the torso.
Although wounded, the suspect still refused to raise his hands and stated, “kill me please,” the lieutenant said.
Eventually, the suspect showed his hands to the police and was taken out of the car. The officers gave him first aid until the medics arrived.
The police did not find any guns in the stolen car or in the man. His name and age were not released immediately. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated and is in a stable condition.
Once the suspect is released from the hospital, it is expected to be booked into prison on suspicion of felony auto theft.
If you were involved in a similar situation where you had to open fire against another person, you would need a good defense.
Call our theft lawyers and schedule your consultation.