VIDEO: Suspect With Bat Goes After Cops In Walmart, Gets Shot

Sandy Malone

San Leandro police shot a man who was waving a bat and threatening people inside a Walmart on Saturday afternoon.

San Leandro, CA – A man swinging a bat at police in a California Walmart was fatally shot on Saturday afternoon (video below).

San Leandro police responded to the Walmart at about 3:12 p.m. on April 18 for a report of a robbery in progress, The Mercury News reported.

But San Leandro Police Lieutenant Ted Henderson said that when officers arrived, they found a man waving a bat menacingly at people in the store.

A bystander captured the incident on video and posted it to Facebook.

The video showed a man swinging a bat in the direction of two San Leandro police officers in the entrance aisle of the big box store.

Officers approached the man – later identified as 33-year-old Steven Taylor – and told him to put down the bat, The Mercury News reported.

Taylor continued to advance on the officers in the video, as another man rushed around trying to get nosy customers with cell phone cameras to back up and get away from the area.

An officer deployed a Taser at Taylor and hit him, but the man simply stumbled, righted himself, and went back after the officers, the video showed.

Taylor continued to advance on the officers with his bat up like he was going to swing, the video showed.

When he got to within about five feet of one of them, the officer fired his weapon once and shot Taylor in the chest, The Mercury News reported.

At that point the man stumbled backwards a bit, then he dropped his bat and turned as if was going to try to walk away from the officers.

That’s when Taylor collapsed on the floor of the store, the video showed.

Witnesses in the video yelled at the officers “Don’t shoot him no more!” while another said “Somebody call 911” as the officers approached Taylor to handcuff him and render aid.

Alameda County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene to assist with crowd control at the Walmart after the incident, The Mercury News reported.

A witness to the shooting posted a lengthy explanation to his Instagram page with a picture of Taylor after he was shot.

“I was literally feet away from it,” @Mike_Myke posted, according to The Mercury News. “This dude was saying he wanted to die before the police even arrived. He waited for the police to get here while he was swinging a bat. He was threatening to kill the door greeter. People offered to help him and he refused. He was saying everybody was living his life and he didn’t care anymore.”

“When the police arrived, dude instantly attacked him and wasn’t cooperating,” the post continued. “Officer pulled out his taser and asked him to step back. Dude attacked the officer with the bat and that’s when he shot him with the taser. Dude still attempted to hit the officer after he was already being tased. The officer pulled out his gun and told the guy to get back. The officer started walking backwards with his weapon drawn and the suspect continued to walk forward with the bat. When he went to swing, that’s when the officer shot him. He was shot 1 time and that’s when he went down. Wasn’t much the officer could do In this situation.”

“I’m not justifying his death, but this wasn’t a black on white hate crime that they gon make it out to be,” @Mike_Myke, who is African American, added. “My condolences to his family, but this was wild. Like I said, I was right behind the officer. I even tried talking to this dude before the officers arrived. This is a lose-lose situation. My cousin was shot in his sleep by (Oakland Police Department), so I know the feeling and the hate toward the police. This ain’t the same situation.”

The post has since been deleted.

Taylor was identified on Sunday afternoon by the Alameda County coroner’s office, The Mercury News reported.

“The officers were in danger,” Lt. Henderson told reporters after the incident.

He said the officer who had fired his weapon was a 20-year veteran of the police force.

Lt. Henderson did not release the officer’s name but said he had been placed on paid administrative leave as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings, The Mercury News reported.

Watch video of the incident here below:

Comments (87)
AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Somebody call 911? Um, hello, they're there.

Big_Tex
Big_Tex

Another oxygen thief takes the "room temperature challenge."

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

If the person with the bat was white, the cop would have just shot him in the knee. no need to murder this individual who clearly was calling out for help /sarcasm.

Where are the regular racist racebaiters when this is a clear case of police aggression against an innocent individual? /more sarcasm

Ekc58
Ekc58

His family will sue the police and be the newest ghetto lottery winners.

Viking24
Viking24

That is crime prevention at its finest!!! Hopefully the officers involved do not suffer to much back lash from the liberals and racist that dial 911 more than any other groups. Period!!!

NealZ
NealZ

Bada Bing, Bada Boom.......he won't do that again. Bye bye

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Bye Bye...........you asked for it, you got it.. Pop Pop

Canine5
Canine5

Loss of life is never what an officer goes into a situation on his mind. Instead, there is a Use of Force guidelines we use. Sometimes, you have to skip a step or two based solely on the actions of the suspects. Tasering is less than deadly force. He shrugged that off easily. I wonder what his drug toxicology will show he was on. just having my hands on a suspect when he was tased just about threw me off of him. Sad for the officer, sad for the family, just glad he didn't go nuts and start hitting the innocent people nearby.

Big Dude765
Big Dude765

Bruh got what he asked for.

Big Dude765
Big Dude765

Man was just heading to Grandma's house to bake cookies when the racist po po shot him.
🤦🏾‍♂️
(Sarcasm btw)

JG093
JG093

Looks and sounds like a 3rd world country. Unreal

Pirate life
Pirate life

Clean up aisle 5.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

And the problem with this is.........I don't see one, BAD GUY with BAT, Police take appropriate action = BAD GUY DOWN! Good hit, case closed! Sorry, play with BIG BOY toys, you get shot by the police! Actually glad people witnessed the idiot had a bat and challenged the police before they took the action they did!

cops-kid
cops-kid

“Some folks just need shoot’n” ... Rooster Cogburn

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

I guess people make choices that cost them dearly. I guess now people will accuse the officers of killing the man who never harmed anybody, and he was not a threat to anybody. Like I said he went into the store had a bat in his hands and made a choice of threatening the officers and it cost him.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

What was the "pop" sound after the guy turned and started to walk away? Another gun shot? And does that explain why someone yelled - "Don't shoot him again!" - as he laid on the floor? Just asking, cause the video and the article account are a bit disconnected in detail.

Tekhore
Tekhore

Who cares how many times he was shot. Is there a maximum/minimum number?

DWT
DWT

Taking a bat to a gunfight 😎

Stanracer
Stanracer

Sounded like suicide by cop to me.

bryantrent
bryantrent

What a crazy SOB

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

These families make me sick!!! A witness even states there was nothing else the cops could do, yet this family wants to lie saying he was shot when he was no longer a threat. Mother fuckering roaches will do anything for a ghetto lottery!!
Here's the body cam footage!! They DID NOT keep shooting him Cop Watch!!!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Sure would hate to be a cop in that cop hating town.

Manhattan Court
Manhattan Court

Awe poor black Male! He had every right to defend himself with a bat! After all that's what they do in Africa swinging sticks and taking shit that is not theirs! Specially Congo!

Manhattan Court
Manhattan Court

Awe poor black Male, not his color but defined in his action. He had every reason to swing a bat! After all that's what they do in Africa with sticks and take shit that doesn't belong to them! Specially in Congo! I know I lived there. There are humble people there but the ones here America think that they have a God given right to take whatever they want I swear. Other countries chop off your hands if you steal. Here, people steal and commit crime and turn around and sue?? Obey the dam law will not get into trouble there's a thought!

MSK
MSK

No doubt the bad guys families very first thought was to retain a lawyer with visions of $$$ dancing in their heads. “Oh yeah, he was shot and killed. To bad. Listen, how much you think we can get out of the po po for it?” Then S. Lee Douchbag shows up at their door. A match made in heaven.

RunCop
RunCop

It’s QuaAss....At Walmart

gregsmom
gregsmom

The officer took a knife off of him, too. I backed it up and that's what it looked like to me at least.


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