Bakersfield, CA – A lone Kern County sheriff’s deputy was slashed by a knife-wielding schizophrenic suspect with a plan to die from suicide by cop, bodycam footage showed (video below).
“I’m schizophrenic and I’m on the hunt,” Reginald Anderson told the 911 dispatcher, according to audio recordings released by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO). “I’m ready to die, I’ve got Solomon’s key, and f--k you.”
The attack occurred at approximately 3:19 a.m. on July 14, after Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Deputy Richard Griffee responded to Anderson’s Goesling Avenue home to conduct a welfare check, The Bakersfield Californian reported.
Bodycam footage showed the deputy as he approached the front door.
A moment later, a woman opened the door and told him that Anderson was “right here.”
“He got a knife on him,” the woman added calmly, as Anderson stepped outside and began walking towards the lone deputy. “In his pocket.”
Deputy Griffee repeatedly asked Anderson to take his hands out of his pockets, but he refused.
A second later, he grabbed the knife out of his pocket, and charged towards the deputy as he was backing away from the suspect, the video showed.
Deputy Griffee rapidly drew his weapon and fired six rounds.
Although he shot Anderson multiple times, the suspect had still managed to close the gap between them, and slashed the deputy’s arm open, KERO reported.
Deputy Griffee received approximately 25 stitches as a result of the cut, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said during a press conference on July 16, according to The Bakersfield Californian.
Anderson is expected to survive from his gunshot wounds, and has been charged with resisting an officer resulting in severe bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, and attempted murder, among other charges, KERO reported.
Sheriff Youngblood said that the harrowing encounter was a “perfect example” of the split-second decisions law enforcement officers are forced to make in order to protect themselves and others, The Bakersfield Californian reported.
Anderson is known as a “frequent flyer” by local deputies, and “had a plan” to die from suicide by cop, the sheriff added.
“The officer did exactly what we expected him to do. He handled it extremely well,” Sheriff Youngblood continued, according to KBAK. “If you thought five more deputies would have stopped this, you’re wrong.”
But since 1992, the KCSO has seen a 40 percent drop in the number of deputies employed by the department because of a lack of funding, KERO reported.
"Unfortunately, my belief is one of my deputies are going to have to be killed in the line of duty before the [Kern County] Board of Supervisors do anything about this issue," Kern Law Enforcement Association President Richard Anderson told the news outlet.
You can watch bodycam footage of the lone deputy’s encounter with Anderson in the video below. The confrontation starts around the 1:45 mark: