VIDEO: 'Oh S--t,' Cop Shoots Alleged Drug Trafficker Hiding Behind Door

Li Xi Wang was fatally shot by Chino police as they were serving a search warrant on July 3.

Chino, CA – The family of a drug-trafficking suspect who was fatally shot by Chino police officers during a raid has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the department (video below).

The incident occurred in the 6800-block of Rockrose Street at approximately 3:50 p.m. on July 3, as the Chino Police Department (CPD) was serving a search warrant at a residence in connection with a drug trafficking and cultivation investigation, the agency said in the video release.

“These warrants are considered high-risk, because drug trafficking suspects are often armed and dangerous,” CPD Sergeant Nancy Franklin noted.

Bodycam footage showed the team as they knocked on the front door of the residence and announced that they were there to serve the warrant.

“Come out with your hands up or force may be used against you,” one officer commanded from outside the closed door multiple times.

The suspects inside the home failed to respond, so the officers forced entry.

They immediately encountered a 53-year-old woman, and escorted her out of the home, Sgt. Franklin said.

As she was being placed in handcuffs, one of the officers asked her if she spoke English.

When she shook her head no, the officer pointed out that she had just understood him.

“How many people inside?” he asked her.

“We don’t want to hurt anybody,” another officer chimed in. “Is anybody else inside the house?”

The woman refused to answer, and continued shaking her head no as additional officers shouted commands in multiple languages to anyone still inside the home.

As the officers systematically cleared the residence, several of them passed by a door before one officer “spotted a suspect hiding behind it,” Sgt. Franklin said.

“Let me see your hands, dude,” an officer said, just as a shot rang out. “Oh s--t! F--k – shots fired!”

It was unclear what occurred prior to the officer firing the round.

The suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Li Xi Wang, was struck by the bullet, and later died of his wounds.

Police did not find any weapons inside the residence.

The woman, later identified as Ai Yue Cai, was arrested on charges of grand theft and cultivating marijuana, the Herald News reported.

According to police, the duo also operated a second grow house in Fontana.

Investigators seized a total of nearly 1,500 marijuana plants and $35,000 in cash, Sgt. Franklin said in the video release.

They also found evidence of grand theft in excess of $105,000.

Wang’s family filed a $10 million wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit against the CPD on Aug. 27, the Daily Bulletin reported.

“He was just standing there,” attorney Brian Dunn told KCBS. “What could Mr. Wang have done to keep from being killed after that officer found him?”

Dunn said that Wang immigrated to the United States in 2005, and that he was working at the grow house to provide for his son.

“He’s not a drug dealer,” attorney Daniel Deng told KCBS. “He’s not a smuggler. He’s just a simple worker trying to make a living by taking care of marijuana.”

Deng alleged that the $105,000 police seized during the raid was nothing more than Wang’s “life savings,” allegedly from "taking care of marijuana" and not drug trafficking, according to the news outlet.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office will determine whether or not the officer’s use of deadly force was lawful, the CPD said.

CPD is also conducting an internal investigation into the officer-involved shooting to determine whether or not the officer followed department policies.

“It’s tragic for all parties whenever there’s an officer-involved shooting – for those involved and their families, for the officer, and for our police department,” Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons said in the video release. “We will continue to cooperate fully with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.”

You can watch bodycam footage from the scene in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (21)
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Mike bass
Mike bass

Good... take those thugs one by on and by ANY MEANS NECESSARY

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Wait, I thought legalizing this poison would top a STOP to this??????? LOL, people who use drugs DO NOT FOLLOW THE LAW..but politicians will NEVER understand that crap

JBo
JBo

Speak English?

No.

Duh.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Wang’s family filed a $10 million wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit against the CPD on Aug. 27, the Daily Bulletin reported.

There is so much wrong with this. First of all, civil rights? Secondly, it was clearly a mistake, an accident. The accident would not have ever occurred, had Mr. Wang not been breaking the law.

Oopsy.

When you consciously break the law, you are likely to eventually end up in some dangerous situations. Wang lived in the US since 2005 and unless he was deaf, he clearly ignored the officer's commands to come out with his hands up. What happened is really tragic, but Wang brought this upon himself. Had he obeyed the lawful commands, he would be alive today, and a free man, after probably getting nothing more than a fine.

Graham91
Graham91

What the hek is with the music at the end? I hope that part isn't played in a court room... anyways my girlfriend's parents were doing the same thing and they also happen to be Chinese, I don't think they would be as stupid as this couple but videos like this show we need a heavier focus on integrating immigrants like this into American culture, basic junk like following orders from law enforcement and possible dangers of not doing so, I'd say we need even classes integrated into school for such matters especially in inner cities.

Compton1032
Compton1032

A couple off take aways from this video. Wasn't that the front door they breached in the beginning that he was hiding behind? Announce in English & Spanish when the person you just removed is Asian? Graham91, a truer statement about integration was never spoken.

Gramercy
Gramercy

"Not a drug dealer....making a living by taking care of mairajuana?" Now I m confused. But then again, it IS CA!

NomonK
NomonK

When Breaching a home with a warrant, do investigators not know the nationality of the occupants? Should there not be at least one person in the LEO's task force a bilingual officer capable of talking to the suspect in their native language? Yes I know they were breaking American Law but did they realize the seriousness they were placing themselves? Yes He knew he was breaking the law and what the officers were there for or he wouldn't be hiding behind the door.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Roll tape.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

The attorney and family is trying to get a settlement from the city. Hopefully they are told "hell no, we will see you at trial, and then countersue you for attorney fees and libel" and publicly embarrass the family for the actions of their little angel.

then again, it is california, so it's likely they will receive a ghetto lottery settlement.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Do you all think that this would still have been a justified shooting if it were a "wrong address raid" (but otherwise same interactions and actions as what actually happened).

mauiisl
mauiisl

Hiding behind the door? Brilliant choice.

Feel really bad for the cop, would like to see the criminal family of the dead doorman shipped back to the slums of China.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

$10M lawsuit! Why let a chance go to waste? Anything for a buck, right?

chiefd
chiefd

It should be a requirement before being allowed to immigrate that the person can speak, read and understand English.

Schick56
Schick56

It wasn't drug money, it was his life savings!!! LMFAO