VIDEO: Deputies Calmly Arrive To Talk To Mental Person, End Up In Machete Attack

Police released bodycam video of a man attacking Tulare County deputies with a machete on May 3.

Orosi, CA – Deputies fatally shot a disturbed 26-year-old man on Thursday after he attacked them with a machete (video below).

The incident began shortly before 3:50 pm on May 3 when family members called 911 to report that Anthony Trujillo, whom they described as schizophrenic, was “acting erratic,” the Visalia Times Delta reported.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Trujillo’s mother described him as being “off his medication,” but said they didn’t know what medication the man was supposed to be taking.

In the bodycam video released by authorities, a woman can be heard talking to deputies as they arrive at the home.

“Let us go talk to him and see what we can do. As my partner tried to explain, we can’t force somebody to go unless he meets criteria. If he meets it, then cool,” an officer explained to her.

“He needs it. He needs it!” the woman assured the officer.

“Whether he needs it and what we can do are separate things,” the officer replied.

In the video, the officers entered the home and approached a door and knocked.

“Anthony, hey man. You mind if we come in and talk to you?” an officer asked.

“No,” the man said clearly from behind the door.

“Oh okay, you don’t mind?” the officer replied as he opened the door.

In the video, Trujillo immediately advanced on the deputy. Police said he was holding a machete in the air, and he struck the first officer in the head with it.

The officer was hit in the head and the stomach with the machete, before the other deputy fired his weapon at Trujillo to "protect their lives and stop the assault," the sheriff said.

“The deputy saw his partner’s life was in danger,” Sheriff Boudreaux explained, according to The Fresno Bee.

The officer who was hit with the machete was also shot in the hand by crossfire, according to the Visalia Times Delta.

He was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, and was expected to recover, authorities said.

"We had a deputy who received non-life threatening injuries and is now at the hospital," Corporate Ixchel Franks said.

Trujillo was fatally shot and died at the scene. Deputies fired six rounds and hit Trujillo with all of them, the Visalia Times Delta reported.

Neighbors told reporters that Trujillo was prone to mental episodes. He had a history with law enforcement that went back to 2013, according to the Visalia Times Delta.

His sister, Cynthia Trujillo, said her brother had just moved to the area from Dinuba a couple of months ago, and that the police in that town had regularly arranged for her brother to get mental health services when his mother called them, The Fresno Bee reported.

She told The Fresno Bee that if she could change one thing about the incident, she might have advised her mother not to call 911 about her brother’s manic episode.

Cynthia said mental health services advised the family to call police when her brother was having an "episode," and that it had worked when they lived in Dinuba.

"There were other ways deputies could have put him down if he was not cooperating, and honestly, I think officers need to be trained better when dealing with people with mental illness,” she said.

Neighbor Andrea Cuevas was home when the gunfire erupted on Thursday afternoon but said she was inside and didn’t hear anything.

“I didn’t hear any gunshots,” Cuevas said. “I got a text that something happened on my street.”

The neighborhood has been known for gang violence and drugs, and residents told the Visalia Times Delta they were surprised to learn no drugs and gangs were involved in the incident that left a neighbor dead.

Watch the man explode at officers with his machete in the video below:

Comments (28)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

The officers need to better trained to deal with the mentally ill, huh? What did you expect them to do when being struck in the head with a machete? I am so glad to be retired and not have to deal with these idiots anymore. I really wish all police officers could go on strike for just one day....just one day, and then wait for people to beg us to come back to work.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

" officers need to be trained better when dealing with people with mental illness..." You mean not knock on the guy's door and politely ask if they can come in and talk to him, after his own mother was freaked out enough to call the police? That kind of better training?

JBo
JBo

"...officers need to be trained better when dealing with people with mental illness...", even if they are trying to kill officers with a machete. We should ask him if he would mind stopping his hacking attack for a moment while they all sing Kumbaya.

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

“ I think officers need to be trained better when dealing with people with mental illness,”. And just how should the officer respond when the guy exploded out of the opening door already swinging a deadly weapon? Maybe if your family had done the right thing and sought legal authority to commit him to a mental hospital then no one would have been hurt. But no, let’s blame the cops.

Dorothy Combs
Dorothy Combs

Just truly getting a family member committed. The courts refuse. So don't be. Blaming the families.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Hey not to worry. After the lawsuit is settled the family will have millions to take care of him. Oops, I mean remember him by.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Oh ma’am I’m sorry but we do law enforcement and not mental health issues, call you doctor at times like this when you can’t handle him and he is off his medications.

MikeInVa
MikeInVa

6 out of 6. Pretty good shooting

rmbr343
rmbr343

Well, it certainly wasn't the officers' fault they had to shoot him!

Tonni3
Tonni3

seriously? sounds like the sister needs mental Health Help! what would she do if someone was attacking her with a machete? jeeze

LEO412
LEO412

There were other ways deputies could have put him down if he was not cooperating, and honestly, I think officers need to be trained better when dealing with people with mental illness,” she said...Really! What way? He had a machete and struck an officer twice.

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

"Not cooperating"? As in "attacking a police officer with a fucking machete"? Understatement of the year. Now tell us how they should have dealt better with that sort of thing. By bringing Alison Krauss in the car to sing him a lullaby? Jesus. I get it was his brother and all, but c'mon.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Glad they had video -- that will save on legal costs. Seems like better tactics could have prevented the unfortunate injuries to the police officer.

gfc1963
gfc1963

And what better tactics were those? You experts aleays say stuff like that but NEVER say what the cops should have done.

lmr111702
lmr111702

So the family KNEW he was off his meds. And HOW long did they let that go on for? Just long enough for him to be so violent that they didn't know what to do except call the police? And did they bother to tell the police that he had a machete? This family should be sued for stupidity.

Mic911
Mic911

No matter what type of training you receive, nothing can cover the mentally ill 100%. They can be cool as a cucumber one second and ballistic the next, just like on any other call and we all know there is nothing as the typical traffic stop. As far as cops going on strike...well just think of the chaos we have now and magnify that a thousand times over if they were on strike...your one day just made a job a whole lot more difficult. Would take weeks to control it all. Be safe out there , we all want to go home!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I wouldn't come down too hard on the family. They used to have state funded mental hospitals for schizophrenics. Then they shuttered those, and redirected some portion of those tax monies to beefing up police forces. This is the foreseeable result of following that policy. Maybe it is time to go back to the old ways on this -- for officer safety reasons among other reasons.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

"I think officers should be better trained when dealing with people with mental health issues". Really lady??? First off, they are law enforcement not psychiatrist!! And they handled it perfectly!! It's your brother who came out attacking them with a machete!! If you don't like how law enforcement handles things, stop calling them and handle it your damn self!!! Your brother injured a police officer. If you had not called them, he could have killed your parents, did you even think of that???? Stupid ass liberal bitch!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"And what better tactics were those?" Should have waited more time before going in. Should not have entered immediately after opening the door. Should have asked the family if he had a machete in there. Lots of things could have been done differently. This was not a perfect response. I don't think that the shooter should have to pay the victim's family or anything, but this kind of call should be handled differently next time. Hopefully the officer will heal quickly and get lots of re-training. Maybe he will want to transfer to IAD or the evidence room or somewhere like that.

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

He was a schizophrenic off his meds. Since the Mental Institutions have been just about shut down, the mentally ill get treatment from local out patient clinics where meds are pretty much voluntary. Some people rail about the police not being trained enough with the mentally ill but I worked in a hospital where raging psychotics were brought into the emergency department. This much ballyhooed "Crisis Intervention" idea may sometimes work but only on people that are sane and sober. It does not work on the fully psychotic off their meds. Trained psych nurses and psychiatrists, people with degrees and years of training often cannot do anything to calm them down. The solution; get the goon squad to hold them down (quite a struggle) and the nurse gives them a B-52 shot (5mg Haldol + 2mg Ativan). Keep struggling to hold them down because it takes about a half hour to begin to sedate them. Not what you see on these snowflake TV shows. The cops have a tough job and get nothing but complaints from people who have no experience with the real world.

crzycop3
crzycop3

good job guys, sucks that he had to be shot, but thats what had to be done to protect yourselves. Well wishes on a full and speedy recovery for the injured Deputy

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday When you stated in your comment that a portion of the money from mental health treatment was redirected to staffing police departments, where exactly did you get your information? I've done a bit of research surrounding this issue and nowhere have I found that money earmarked for mental health was given to policing. Oh, don't tell me...you made this up hoping no one would challenge your statement, right?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Proportion of government budgets spent on law enforcement has gone way, way up over the past 50 years and proportion of government budgets spent on government funded mental hospitals has gone way, way down. You do the math.

88Hullst
88Hullst

Apparently we're machete whisperers and can magically see through doors. From my experience...never open that door. Secure it as a barricaded EDP, call for a unit with a burrito wrap and enter with the shields.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday Tell me, is the money for used for mental health funded by local, state or the federal government? The federal government is a major funding stream for mental health services. In addition to funding mental health services that fall under Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it matches state Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) spending from between 50 to 70 percent, depending on the state. While these programs do not focus exclusively on mental health, Medicaid is the single largest funder of mental health services in the country, which makes this support especially valuable. The federal government also provides Mental Health Block Grants (MHBG) that support states in building out their community mental health services. MHA supports the continued role of the federal government in funding services and advocates for expanded and sustained funding for mental health services. Local policing efforts are funded by tax payers in that community. Again, you're speaking out your ass without knowing what the hell you are talking about.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Um, you don't seem like someone capable of having an intelligent conversation about this subject. Have a blessed day.

John-Brown
John-Brown

If I can interpret for Bugger. What he's actually saying is that he has run out of bullshit. Mark the date and time!

Travw
Travw

The funding for mental health was used to balance the budget during the Reagan years and never returned to where it was needed. I know this because I worked in mental health then. The local crime rates started going up almost instantly.