VIDEO: Officer Stabbed In Neck After Police Use Less-Lethal To Subdue Armed Man

Less lethal projectiles, a taser, and a police K9 failed to subdue career criminal Mark Mora.

Pittsburg, CA – The Pittsburg Police Department (PPD) has released harrowing bodycam footage that captured the physical altercation between officers and a knife-wielding man who stabbed one officer in the neck (video below).

The incident occurred on Feb. 25, after a man called police to report that his son, 33-year-old Mark Mora, had tried to stab him through a closed screen door at his Warren Way home, the East Bay Times reported.

Officers responded to the area, and spotted Mora near the intersection of Mildred Avenue and West 17th Street, about three blocks away from his father’s residence.

The armed man wasn’t about to back down, so police tried to negotiate with him for the next hour, The Mercury News reported.

Bodycam footage showed Mora as he refused to comply with officers’ orders to drop his knife, and to get onto the ground.

“So, this is the Fourth Amendment!” Mora declared at one point, just before he started digging into his pockets.

“Mark! Stop digging in your pockets because I don’t know what you have in there,” one officer said.

“That’s why I’m showing you!” Mora responded. “This is why you guys came at me, right? Is to see what’s in my pockets, right? Right?”

The officers ordered him to show his hands, but Mora kept dumping the contents of his pockets onto the ground, and ultimately pulled out the knife.

“Mark, you will be tased!” one officer warned him.

The officers repeatedly told Mora to drop the knife, but he insisted that the blade wasn’t a danger.

“The seal’s on it!” he argued, dismissing their commands.

“Say the word, Sarge,” another officer said, just before Mora was shot with a less-lethal round.

But the projectile seemed to do little to subdue Mora, who squared off with the advancing officers.

A K9 raced into the melee, and a Taser was deployed just as officers closed in, bodycam footage showed.

“Watch that knife!” one officer yelled as they all tackled Mora to the ground.

As the officers tried to get Mora under control, he “deliberately reached back and jabbed the officer in the neck with the open blade,” police said, according to the East Bay Times.

“He f--king stabbed me!” an officer exclaimed in the video. “Ah f--k – my neck!”

The officers continued to struggle with the combative man, and ultimately manage to wrestle the blade out of his grasp.

The unnamed injured officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries, The Mercury News reported.

“This could have ended much worse,” Pittsburg Police Chief Brian Addington told the paper.

He commended all of the officers for their “extreme constraint” throughout the encounter with Mora, and said that their actions were “very heroic.”

Mora has been charged with resisting arrest, being under the influence, and two counts of attempted assault with a deadly weapon – one for the attack on his father, and the other for stabbing the officer, East County Today reported.

It was the latest of more than a dozen arrests the suspect has racked up since 2015, according to The Mercury News.

Mora has previously been charged with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, theft, drug possession, vehicle theft, and a litany of probation violations.

“We hope the footage related to this incident gives the community a better understanding of what happened,” the PPD said in a news release, according to The Mercury News. “We are thankful that the officer and the man were not seriously hurt.”

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Mora in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (28)
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Davescott1968
Davescott1968

Attempted assault? What the hell?!?!?attempted murder should be the charge!

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Attempted? He stabbed him, no attempted about it.

ChefRay
ChefRay

The DAY has not filed the official charges. The current charges are the Arresting Charges.

militans Deo
militans Deo

I hope the officer is ok. They used the tactics that the politicians in California want, anything, including the officer being stabbed in the neck, is preferable to the poor, misunderstood, violent man being lawfully shot.

Cheated death60
Cheated death60

What happened to the 3 strikes law in California. How does someone with 15 arrests, let alone felonies, keep getting back out on the street to hurt more cops and citizens! Insane!!!

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Im sorry, I don't get it.

Jantheman
Jantheman

Fill him full of lead next time and then say sorry! All the good guys go home!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

He should have been shot and the officers should NOT have gone hands on with this guy holding a knife.

“He commended all of the officers for their “extreme constraint” throughout the encounter with Mora, and said that their actions were “very heroic.”. No Chief. It was their fear of using deadly force and shooting this guy that made them go hands on.
And Chief if you had any backbone you would mandate retraining of your department to ensure your officers know, understand and follow a force continuum and when deadly force is JUSTIFIED.

I’m sorry these officers are forced to work under these life threatening times for no good reason other than political correctness.

God save our thin blue line because it, because of PC,is getting thinner.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

As a cop myself...I am dumbfounded! I cant believe what I saw! Not one of them had lethal covergae out!

Gunnersbumpa
Gunnersbumpa

I thought the initial body cam officer was holding a Glock. But what I didn't understand is why the K9 didn't have better success, unless that asshole was strong as an ox. They did say he was high

gfc1963
gfc1963

They talked to him for an hour?? Most it should have been is 10 mninutes and then shoot him. NO officers wouyld have got hurt or the K9.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Assault?? How about attempted murder is more like it!! And you gave him ample opportunity to drop the knife and used other non-lethal means to get him to comply. At that point you should have just shot his sorry ass and been done with it!! He's a waste of oxygen as it is and a drain on our society!! Sick of this shit!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

It's very lucky that this officer wasn't severely injured or killed by this dangerous felon. This is what happens when the police are forced, by bleeding heart politicians, to use less than lethal force in dangerous situations.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Boogers Allday will have you all believe that knives aren't dangerous.

R8S
R8S

Naked and carrying a knife.....taser him. An hour is way to long to wait.

vwiles34
vwiles34

And people are always bitching about several officers jumping on a suspect who's resisting arrest. And about them punching them or using their batons to get them to show their hands. Until an officer had had a chance to do a good search they have no idea of what a suspect has on them or what they will do with it.