VIDEO: Knife-Wielding Suspect Ignores Gunshots, Slashes Deputy's Arm Open

Reginald Anderson attacked Kern County Deputy Richard Griffee with a knife in the early morning hours of July 14.

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:

Comments (53)
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JBo
JBo

I believe Lady Luck, a cool head and good training were this officer's partners that day.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Damn they need ammo with better stopping power

WatchYourSix
WatchYourSix

Good job by the Deputy trying to calmly diffuse the situation and reacting quickly to the threat. He better not be hung out to dry for this. Perp is lucky to be alive. Why does it seem like suicide by cop is more and more becoming people's go-to way to die when they're suicidal..?

DODOpotts
DODOpotts

Closer than 21 feet and you are in danger unless you have a larger caliber gun. Very lucky and good shooting

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

My late husband always taught the 21 ft rule--and that's what I learned in the academy, too. Sorry the perp survived, tho.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Hey where is Hi_estComnDenomn? I would love to be right behind him as he handles this call...

LEO0301
LEO0301

Save this video to show the armchair police critics how a knife can't hurt you when you have a gun.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Did you hear the police call..."Do you show any firearms registered to the subject"? If that does not worry you,,you are NOT paying attention to what is happening in our country.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Why all of the “suicide by cop”? If you’re that determined to commit suicide, “just do it” as Colin’s gravy train would suggest.

That’s a nasty wound.

TSport
TSport

How come the perp was not tased?? That would be my first option.

artw44
artw44

But we can't get the snowflakes to understand, it's not the guns that are making us unsafe, it's the desire to do harm to others. We've seen it, knives, bombs, cars, trucks, flying planes into towers, it they have the desire, they will find a way.

Andytheman
Andytheman

Why would you taze him? Lethal force has to be met with lethal force. He was too close anyway for a tazer to be effective.

gfc1963
gfc1963

HCD- nothing to say about this? Your 13%er's doing what they do best.

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Awesome job backing away from the door before it opened, it definitely saved his life

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I wonder whether gun control law saved this lone deputy's life.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

Suicide by cop " what there trying 6is make it seem like he had his hands up so someone can get a winning lottery ticket lol

RmdGRD
RmdGRD

I think the officer did an outstanding job and decision making in the time and distance he had. Why would anyone suggest a taser? Sure, he could have used his taser, but only after unloading the magazine on the perp, and only until he got the next mag in. Someone had been watching too much TV sitting around Momma's basement.

Bluemoon135
Bluemoon135

If that doesn't motivate Kern County to get more Deputies nothing will. Sorry, but I think the Deputy should have waited for backup, even if that is an hour away. If the POS kills his mother, that's his problem. The county gets what it pays for. I'd be more like the 50ft rule!

bluerudithor
bluerudithor

They should never allow one lone Officer to go to any kind of a 911 emergency call. LEO's should go in pairs, no matter what the call is about or the number of assailants with or without a knife or weapon, who wishes to do harm to any on-duty Officer. This punk Anderson, admitted he intended to kill a cop, which is the same as 'attempted murder'........he got exactly what he deserved, but it's too bad California who defends the criminals over the police, refuse to implement and facilitate the Death Penalty, like other states that won't put up with anarchy or lawlessness of any kind by hardcore criminals, in or out of prison. BTW: "lack of funding my foot"! It's obvious the real reason there's a "40% drop of deputies" in CA, is total disrespect and a lack of concern, by the Democrat Governor, Mayors, and CA Politicians, for the protection, welfare, and well being of all LEO's and their families!

retiredcop
retiredcop

There is no way that Deputy should have made that call for service by himself. The Board of Supervisors is negligent in not hiring more deputies. This could have been much worse.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Would be nice if the road units could here the 911 call. If I heard, "I am ready to die" AR15 locked and loaded upon arrival.