VIDEO: Cop Fired After Rolling Gunfight In Residential Neighborhood

Anaheim police officers fired 76 shots at Eliuth Penaloza Nava as they chased him through a residential neighborhood.

Anaheim, CA – One police officer was fired and another is facing administrative discipline after they fired most of 76 rounds through their windshield at a pickup truck they were chasing (video below).

The incident began after the family of 50-year-old Eliuth Penaloza Nava called police on July 21, 2018 and said he was behaving strangely and arguing with family members, the Orange County Register reported.

Family members also told dispatchers that Nava had a knife and a gun in his truck parked at their home in the 500 block of South West Street.

When officers arrived on the scene at about 9:45 a.m. that Saturday morning, they found Nava sitting in his truck, the Orange County Register reported.

A report by the district attorney’s office said that Nava took off when the officers arrived, before they could block him in with their patrol vehicle.

Anaheim Police Officers Sean Staymates and Kevin Pedersen followed the white pickup truck, the Orange County Register reported.

Officer Pedersen told investigators that he saw Nava reach down and come back up with “what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun, resembling a Glock,” according to a letter released Wednesday from Orange County District Attorney’s Office investigators.

The letter said Nava pointed his gun at the officers and “Officers Pedersen and Staymates both feared Nava was going to shoot and kill them.”

“Officer Pedersen wanted to stop Nava from hurting anyone and felt lethal force was necessary,” the investigators said.

The chase continued through the alleys and streets of a residential neighborhood with Officer Pedersen firing numerous rounds through the windshield of the police vehicle as he drove, occasionally reloading as necessary.

The video showed that at one point, he told Officer Staymates that he was running low on ammunition and his partner gave him another magazine.

Officer Pedersen fired the majority of the rounds at Nava, although Officer Staymates fired a rifle at the white truck through windshield and through the passenger window of the police car, the video showed.

"Officer Pedersen continued to fire in fear that Nava may start to randomly shoot civilians in the area," Deputy District Attorney Scott Woolridge wrote. "Officer Pedersen believed he was always aware of his surroundings, and fired only after considering the safety of the nearby citizens."

The chase ended in front of the same house where it began, after Nava had been struck multiple times by the officer’s bullets.

The video showed both officers fired multiple additional shots at Nava as they approached his stopped vehicle.

Officer Pedersen pulled Nava from the driver’s seat and he landed on the pavement next to the sidewalk and did not appear to move in the video.

Nava was transported to University of California Irvine Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, KNBC reported.

Police recovered an air pistol at the scene that was “black in color and extremely similar in appearance to an authentic 9mm Luger pistol,” the Orange County Register reported.

Investigators also discovered a knife in Nava’s hand where he lay on the ground.

An autopsy found that Nava had been struck by at least nine bullets, and that he had amphetamines and methamphetamine in his system when the incident occurred, the Orange County Register reported.

The district attorney’s office determined that Officers Pedersen and Staymates “reasonably feared for their lives” based on witness statements and bodycam video; however, they found the officers’ actions “alarming and irresponsible.”

Prosecutors determined they didn’t have enough to file charges against the officers and instead, put the onus on the police department to discipline the officers administratively, the Orange County Register reported.

“The District Attorney’s conclusion that all of the available evidence is insufficient to warrant the filing of criminal charges against the two officers should not in any way diminish the fact that the District Attorney is alarmed by this conduct, and, along with the public, is relying on [Anaheim] PD to fairly take any and all appropriate administrative actions and remedies,” Woolridge wrote.

Following the investigation, Anaheim Police Chief Jorge Cisneros fired Officer Pedersen, who was a probationary officer with less than a year on the police force, the Orange County Register reported.

Chief Cisneros said former Officer Pedersen's "overall performance fell far short of what the department and community expects,'' according to KNBC.

Officer Staymates, a 10-year veteran of the Anaheim Police Department, was placed on paid administrative leave while the incident was investigated as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.

“We highly discourage shooting through a window,” Chief Cisneros told the Orange County Register. “But, our policy does not state that you cannot. There could be incidents or actions at times where that would be permissible.”

Officer Staymates has been served with “an intent to discipline notice” by his department, KNBC reported.

The chief refused to comment on his veteran officer and said instead that he “has a right to due process.”

The final report concluded that Officer Pedersen had fired 64 shots and Officer Staymates had fired only 12, KNBC reported.

Woolridge also wrote that Nava had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1997 that included domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, smuggling drugs into jail, drug possession, eluding police, and driving under the influence of drugs.

Watch the officers chase the suspect while firing through the windshield in the video below – WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT:

Comments (22)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

What's the issue? there is no policy against shooting through the windshield (although it is discouraged, that doesn't mean it's not allowed), the perp had a black pistol that looked like a real firearm, and the family said he had a gun.

I mean, unless you say you shouldn't shoot a fleeing suspect, even if he's armed with a history of assault with a deadly weapon.... and need to wait until he shoots an innocent bystander that PD can take appropriate action...

maxx1676
maxx1676

All the people that complain about the Police should ride with them for a month...THEN let`s see how they feel.

Vigilent
Vigilent

Nice job, every piece of shit on meth deserves a bullet in the head.🖕The junkies.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

And he's not only merely dead, he's really most sincerely dead.

backtheblue2019
backtheblue2019

Did the perp point the gun at the officers? I’m assuming he did based on their response... So the Chief will be coming out with a policy effective immediately that you must have a round fired at you before you respond?

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

It’s real easy to sit in your comfortable home and watch a video like this and throw out judgement and opinion. The family called the police. They told the police he had a gun. He pointed what appeared to be a handgun back toward the police while fleeing. Like others have commented, what do they have to do? Wait until a perp takes a shot, possibly hitting them or innocents? I do not envy these men and women their very difficult and under appreciated jobs.

Wwolfwp61
Wwolfwp61

Awesome job! When will they be awarded their letters of commendation for protecting their community?

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

Why is that officer fired for just doing his job as he was fearing for his life, his partners life and any bystanders lives. All you see know is LEO's being killed, We've had like 6 fall in the line of duty just in this week. If I was in the position the officer was in, I would of shot to. Its to risky trying to lean out your window shooting someone. It could cause more damage or even more lives being lost.

LynnSB
LynnSB

So this MF'er >> had amphetamines and methamphetamine in his system when the incident occurred and his own Family members also told dispatchers that Nava had a knife and a gun in his truck Nava had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1997 that included domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, smuggling drugs into jail, drug possession, eluding police, and driving under the influence of drugs. << So what the Officers should have just let this POS go right ?? now Both Officers are FIRED ! Anaheim Police Chief Jorge Cisneros your an ASSHOLE and EVERY OFFICER under your Command should WALK OFF THE JOB !! How long before you stick a Knife in their backs too !!!!! Both officer should Sue the Hell out of YOU and the City of Anaheim ~~~

Bigdaddy112
Bigdaddy112

These guys were too effective. I wonder if he is a war vet that kind of forgot where he was?

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

The two cops were remarkably calm while in pursuit of this meth head, extra kudos to officer Pederson for driving and firing his weapon simultaneously.

Marxest
Marxest

Yeah, this was a bad situation. I express my condolences to Mr Nava's family. I believe those Officers did the best they could under those circumstances and they were very difficult circumstances. I can't judge the officers for using the amount of lethal force that they used, but I do have some reservations about where they used it and how they used it. I found it odious that their department has decided to stab them in the back. I wish them the best. Meth is a horrible drug that leads to horrible consequences.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

So let me see if I have this right. D.A. said the officers were correct in reasonably fearing for their lives. But we believe theirs actions were reckless and uncalled for. Okay makes perfect sense. Appears they were testing the "reasonable" doctrine before the "Necessary " doctrine takes over at the first of July.

GBach
GBach

The amount of people in this comment section who don’t understand why the officers were disciplined is baffling.

They were not disciplined for the shooting itself, they were cleared. They were disciplined for firing 80 shots during a chase through residential neighborhoods. Bullets do really weird shit when you shoot through glass, and the likelihood of a stray bullet killing an innocent kid in a residential area is incredibly high.

The only crime they had on this guy was “acting strange” to his family and fleeing from cops. No reason to think he would be dangerous enough to anyone besides himself to justify putting entire neighborhoods at risk as you’re running and gunning through them. Would have been better to back off and arrest him later in a more controlled environment.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Thought I was watching Lethal Weapon or Die Hard for a minute...