VIDEO: Gunman Draws .50-Caliber Desert Eagle On Cops, Loses Gunfight

Joseph Anthony Corral was armed with a Desert Eagle .50-caliber handgun, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said.

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:

Comments (35)
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Nightstalker1
Nightstalker1

Good Job Officers glad you're safe.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Someone needs to visit the gun range.. often. Only hitting him once? Glad the officers are okay tho'..

fishing
fishing

Wow...that was close.

flybynight
flybynight

Never bring a cannon to a gun fight.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Am I the only one amused that the deputy’s name was Deputy Thong ? On a serious note, glad no one important was hurt . Should be a quick investigation, but I’ll wait till the basement investigation squad makes that determination

Klj281
Klj281

Did anyone notice he was picking his nose?

redpill
redpill

Barnum was partially right... a MORON is born every minute.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Reminds me of Bullet Tooth Tony in the movie Snatch

Pat1978
Pat1978

Who the hell snuck away from the back of the vehicle? Was that a kid?

Sargejh
Sargejh

That’s what I was wondering. Replayed several times to see if it was another deputy. Couldn’t tell. Whoever it was was in crossfire.

Wish505
Wish505

Hard to get a full read on this, parts have been edited out. How did the 3rd person get to the other side of the vehicle? One car is seen approaching and then it disappears. At no time did I see the 3rd deputy approach the other side of the car but once shots are fired you can see him getting out of Dodge.

MizzV
MizzV

How many rounds does it take to intimidate a drunk before you finally get to taze him?

These cops need range time, they suck!

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Investigate BULLSH#T. The P.O.S. could have killed the Officer 10' away. They showed that pile of feces WAY TOO MUCH RESPECT.