VIDEO: San Diego Cop Delivers Shotgun Blast To Face, Rescues Hostage

A San Diego cop delivered a fatal shotgun blast to the face of a man who had taken his ex-wife hostage.

San Diego, CA – Police released helicopter and bodycam footage of a San Diego officer blasting a hostage taker with his shotgun to rescue a victim (video below).

Police said that Juan Carlos Fernandez, 22, opened fire on several members of his former wife’s family in the courtyard of their apartment building in City Heights on Nov. 13, 2016.

Officers responded to a call for a domestic disturbance at about 9:15 p.m., after two men got into a fistfight, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Witnesses told police that an enraged Fernandez went to his car and got a weapon, and then chased the man he had just fought with down the street with his gun.

Afterwards, he returned to the apartment complex and shot four people – his former wife, her parents, and her grandfather – and then grabbed his ex-wife by the hair and dragged her toward the street.

A police helicopter with night vision arrived above the scene first, and those pilots were able to inform the patrol officers of what was happening before they arrived.

Responding officers found Fernandez holding his wounded ex-wife in a headlock, as he dragged her towards his car, KSWB reported.

Patrol officers repeatedly commanded Fernandez to let go of his hostage, and get on the ground, but he ignored them, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

A 12-year-veteran of the police force took one shot at Fernandez with a shotgun, and killed him.

In the videos, Fernandez can be seen dragging his hostage to the ground with him as he fell. But she quickly extricated herself from his fallen form, and ran to the officers.

“The officers were faced with a conflict situation with an armed suspect who had already shot multiple victims and who had taken a victim hostage,” San Diego Police Captain Brain Ahearn said. “We do train for this, and we hope for a peaceful resolution. But there are times when the officers are left with no choice but to use deadly force. This was one of those occasions.”

Of the four family members Fernandez shot during his spree, only his former wife survived.

Watch video of the police officer saving the hostage with one shot below:

Comments (63)
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JBo
JBo

Quick action...problem solved. Victim saved.

RunCop
RunCop

Boom, boom.....out go the lights!

Caprice56
Caprice56

And I am sure California will find some way to blame the policeman for this.

Armenta
Armenta

Pat Travers!

Buffynoel
Buffynoel

Correct decision to shoot his lights out! Condolences for the loss of her parents and grandfather. But the positive is Fernandez is no longer a threat and don't have to spend any money on him if he lived and went to prison.

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

i hate violence but i felt that the policeman had no choice but to get his gun out and shoot and kill the suspect. ABSOLUTELY NO CHOICE. Im sorry that the family members also got killed, im so sorry that it ended up the way it did.

Atytude
Atytude

That is what cops do. Run INTO the situation. Unlike some in Florida.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

That’s the way to do it.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Hey man, nice shot.

notanidiotlikeyou
notanidiotlikeyou

well lets see 2 different situations and funny whe 3 congressional medal of honor winners say that it would be wrong to run in to an unkown situation with unknown assailants in unknown locations say the cop runs in blindly pow shot in the head now the gunman has a dead cop body armor and another gun police radio and ammo . this situation had less variables a known assailant a known location. try letting that sink in

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

@notanidiotlikeyou

Police tactics on active shooters have changed nationwide since Columbine, we have been trained to address the problem quickly, Sometimes you have to sack up and do your job.

Devilmom
Devilmom

Outstanding job Officer!

FSchloss
FSchloss

I used to teach that technique when I was still policing. I learned it during one of the many firearms classes I took, although I encouraged patterning a shotgun with a specific lot number of ammo, and, when that ammo was gone, re-patterning it with the new ammunition. The problem is that the wad can go in strange directions, and can be lethal.

notanidiotlikeyou
notanidiotlikeyou

true but you need to consider dept training and procedure and common sense you dont clear a building by your self when there are un known armed intruders so you sack up go in on your own you get shot your gun body armor and radio are taken now does that make the job of responding officers easier or harder

Greg San
Greg San

Apparently the higher ups told them not to go in...

Carabinieri
Carabinieri

Not every death is a tragedy. The suspect always dictates the level of force used against him by his level of resistance. Officers are bound by duty to use that force necessary to affect an arrest up to and including deadly force. This officer did an outstanding job. I'm very proud of him. Other officers who may be critical are generally the same officers who don't have the guts to engage in any physical altercation.

HighestCommDemonator
HighestCommDemonator

@Addacid you sound like a lil bitch. Do you even lift bro?

b1rd
b1rd

@Addacid you living up to your name there??? Try opiates.

Wheelsof18
Wheelsof18

Looks like Mr. "dindo nofin" just got smacked in his face. A most excellent takedown.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Righteous shooting, glad the lady survived, and my condolences and prayers for those of her family that didn't survive.

GregRPD182
GregRPD182

Luckily that was SD and not Portland

Volunteer RCMP
Volunteer RCMP

Nice work officer! Thank you for following your training and saving that girls life!

Soulmanrich
Soulmanrich

Beautiful

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I'm assuming with a shotgun, the BB's spray. it doesn't say if she was hit with any which is a great thing. He's dead and unfortunately, took many with him. Thoughts and prayers and thanksgiving for those who survived his ti-raid

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

Boy, that was an awful close encounter! Glad the officer wasn't shot before he made a great shot! Well done. It's just my guess, but I am betting Fernandez won't do that ever again.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Nobody screaming about police brutality?? HCD where are you?? Or why couldn't they have shot him in the leg? Or used tasers?? Great shot - that guy was dead before he hit the ground!!

greatwhite0773
greatwhite0773

at that distance double OO buck would not spread more than a inch. this guy took all pellets i am sure. that was some fine shooting. and nerves of steel. good guys one bad guys 0.

Kensandyeggo
Kensandyeggo

Might have used a slug.

vogy
vogy

good job .. high n tight.guys , don't hold back . drop these turds ..

Guyguy
Guyguy

Another win for the good guys

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Now we just hope the police don't get sued for killing her husband

modixie
modixie

What a heartwarming ending. I love it.

barton4950
barton4950

Why such an old story? Oh, and how did guy's face look after the shotgun blast? I mean, what, no pictures??

Yard cop
Yard cop

Former husband !

Cafishmark
Cafishmark

Problem solved.

deputydawg17
deputydawg17

Darwin's theory strikes again. Love it.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Good guy with a GUN ends a bad situation caused by a BAD guy with a GUN...See, the GUN was not the problem..the BAD GUY WAS.

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

gfc1963
gfc1963

Good job by the cop. No doubt somebody will say he should have 'de-escalated' the situation.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Condition corrected. When there is no doubt - take him out! Well done.

Lawman777
Lawman777

That cop did not give 32 commands to drop the knife...or back up and try to defuse the situation...or call for a negotiator. He did his job.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Uh, guess you can cancel medics....

Deputysgirl76
Deputysgirl76

Brave and quick response thank God for those officers

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

seems to me the perp was "de-escalated"......

Just take one down and pass it around 99 homies per year on the wall 99 homies per year just take one down and pass it around 98 homies per year on the wall.

SD_Native
SD_Native

Proud of my SDPD

Janko
Janko

Famous dirt-ball last words: "You don't have the b*lls to shoot!"