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