Redwood Valley, CA – The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has released dashcam footage that captured the moment an intoxicated suspect pulled a .50-caliber handgun on deputies (video below).
The incident occurred in the 7200-block of Uva Drive on Oct. 10, after the MCSO received a report of a potentially intoxicated pedestrian, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said in the video release.
Deputies responded to the area and came upon 26-year-old Joseph Anthony Corral, who was sitting in a van that was parked with the front end slightly protruding into the traffic lane.
Corral matched the detailed description of the allegedly intoxicated pedestrian, Sheriff Allman said.
Deputies became concerned while speaking with the suspect due to the fact that he was in control of a motor vehicle while he appeared to be under the influence, the sheriff explained.
Dashcam footage showed Corral as he told one of the deputies that his vehicle suddenly “died out” on him.
“I don’t know if it’s the gas or the battery,” the suspect said. “I’m kinda stuck without a phone, right? Yeah, so I was just kicking back, waiting ‘til I see someone pass by so I can call.”
Corral complied with the deputy’s request to show his ID, and the deputy noted that the suspect was from Los Angeles.
“Never met you before, man,” the deputy said. “You’re not from here?”
“Ah yeah – I am from here,” Corral responded.
“You think this is L.A.?” the deputy inquired.
“Yeah,” Corral answered. “This is not L.A.?”
“This is not L.A.,” the deputy confirmed.
Additional deputies arrived at the scene and spoke with the suspect further, the video showed.
One deputy asked Corral how much alcohol he had consumed that day.
“Do what the f--k you gonna do, man,” Corral responded.
The suspect failed to comply when the deputy asked him to step out of the vehicle, and sat back for a moment in the reclined driver’s seat before he suddenly reached behind him.
Deputies spotted the movement and immediately drew their weapons while ordering him not to reach, the video showed.
But Corral “rapidly moved his arm behind him, towards a backpack, and grabbed a Desert Eagle .50-caliber handgun,” Sheriff Allman said.
The deputies opened fire, shattering the van’s windows and hitting Corral once, The Mendocino Voice reported.
The gunman fired at least one bullet from his handgun, but did not hit any of the deputies.
During the shootout, Corral moved into the cargo area of the van, the video showed.
He then raised his right hand out the shattered window and made an obscene gesture towards the officers.
Corral ultimately followed their commands and crawled out the rear passenger window, at which point he was tased and taken into custody.
The suspect briefly resisted the deputies as they tried to administer first aid.
Corral was airlifted to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds, The Mendocino Voice reported.
The deputies’ use of force is being investigated by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office, and the MCSO will handle the criminal investigation into Corral, Sheriff Allman said.
The department is also conducting an internal investigation to determine whether or not the deputies acted within department policies during the incident.
“The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office takes any use of force very seriously, and every incident is reviewed carefully,” Sheriff Allman noted. “This was a traumatic experience for everyone involved.”
You can watch dashcam footage of the deputies’ encounter with Corral in the video below: