Vallejo, CA – The Vallejo Police Department (VPD) has released 911 recordings and bodycam footage from the officer-involved shooting of a knife-wielding suspect who charged towards police (video below).
The incident began at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 6, after the VPD received a report that a man was breaking into a church storage shed in the 400-block of Nebraska Street, Vallejo Police Chief Joe Allio said in the video release.
When the two officers arrived at the property, they spotted a man walking out from behind a modular home that was sitting on wheels, bodycam footage showed.
The suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Edward Gonzales, immediately became aggressive with the officers.
“Hey, you’re p--sing me off, man,” Gonzales warned, as the officers came closer towards him.
The officer ordered the trench coat-wearing suspect to show his hands, but he refused.
“F--k you!” he yelled at the officers repeatedly as he began pacing around the area. “Bulls--t now!”
He then hustled over to a nearby chain-link fence and tossed his backpack over it, the video showed.
One of the officers had his duty weapon drawn, and the other aimed his Taser at the agitated suspect.
As Gonzales hoisted himself over the fence, the officer with the Taser deployed the device.
The suspect appeared to be unaffected by the Taser, and proceeded to snatch up his backpack while he continued his escape attempt.
“Is that a knife in his hand?” one officer asked, just before he scaled the fence to follow Gonzales on foot.
The suspect took off running across the parking lot with the officer close behind him, bodycam footage showed.
“Drop it right now, dude,” he repeatedly ordered, referring to Gonzales’ knife.
“F--k you,” Gonzales snarled back.
“You’re about to get shot,” the officer warned him at one point in the video.
“Shoot me,” he replied, as he made his way over to a fence topped with spikes.
Realizing he was cornered, the knife-wielding suspect suddenly spun around and began advancing on the officer, the video showed.
The officer fired his duty weapon four times. Gonzales collapsed to the ground, but maintained his grip on the blade.
As more officers arrived at the scene, Gonzales finally complied with orders and tossed the knife under the fence.
Police used bolt cutters to force entry through the locked gate so emergency medical personnel could reach the wounded suspect.
Gonzales survived the shooting, and has since been charged with trespassing, brandishing a deadly weapon to resist or prevent arrest, and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, Chief Allio said in the video release.
VPD is handling the ongoing administrative investigation into the officer’s use of force, and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office is conducting the officer-involved shooting investigation.
You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Gonzales in the video below: