HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – A crazed bat wielding man chasing young players and fans at a sports complex in Surf City was stopped by responding officers. Two Huntington Beach police officers fatally shot the unidentified man Thursday after witnesses said he chased children and others with a baseball bat, authorities said.
Police were initially called to the athletic complex at 18120 Goldenwest Street on reports that the man was using the bat as well as a broken bottle to chase people while sporting events were underway, according to Officer Jennifer Marlatt, a spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Police Department.
When officers arrived on scene kids and fans were scurrying all over. The man ran into the bleachers, where several families were sitting, reported the Los Angeles Times.
It was then the two officers apparently perceived great danger to citizens and opened fire at the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene and had not yet been identified, Marlatt said.
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Huntington Beach Chief Rob Handy said police had several reports regarding the type of weapon used, to include a bat, bottle, and knife. Witnesses reported the man hitting trees and coming after random people.
A soccer coach said at one time people tried to trap the man by tipping over a soccer net, but they were unsuccessful. The coach yelled at his girls telling them to get away.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will handle the officer involved shooting (OIS) investigation as well as the criminal culpability on the part of the suspect. There were no other injuries reported.
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