VIDEO: Would-Be Killer Destroyed In Gunfight With Deputies At Restaurant

Aldolfo Angel Gonzalez's family said he had a "death wish" and thanked deputies for the work they do.

Lemon Grove, CA – The San Diego District Attorney’s Office has determined that deputies acted in self-defense when they fatally shot an armed, drunken man at a Del Taco restaurant in January (video below).

The altercation occurred at the Del Taco fast-food restaurant on Broadway Street on Jan. 5, the district attorney’s office said in a press release.

Surveillance footage showed the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Adolfo Angel Gonzalez, as he wandered over to the children’s play area and pointed a gun at a family seated inside.

The hooded gunman then walked over to the counter to place an order.

“Gonzalez appears to be waiting to order and while doing so removes the gun from the right pocket of his jacket, looks at it and then places it back in the same pocket,” the district attorney’s office said.

After receiving his food, the suspect made his way over to the dining room and sat down to eat.

But when San Diego County sheriff’s deputies walked into the establishment, Gonzalez immediately sprang into action.

The gunman ignored their commands to put his hands in the air, and instead drew his weapon and pointed it at the deputies, KNSD reported.

The deputies fired 24 rounds at Gonzalez, striking him eight times, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Toxicology testing revealed that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.25 percent at the time of his death, according to the district attorney’s office.

Investigators later learned that the suspect suffered from mental illness and had recently purchased the gun he brandished inside the restaurant.

“Gonzalez’s family was aware of his mental health problems and had become increasingly concerned for his welfare as his mental state deteriorated,” the district attorney’s office noted. “The day this incident took place, Gonzalez told a family member he wanted to get into a shootout with police.”

The suspect’s sister told investigators that she and the rest of their family were gravely concerned when they learned Gonzalez had recently purchased the handgun and a shotgun, according to the district attorney’s analysis.

“They tried to think of ways to get Gonzalez separated from the guns, to no avail, as he would not agree to transfer the guns,” the report read.

The suspect’s family tried to push the issue, Gonzalez told them that “he was never going to end up in jail or a hospital,” according to the report.

“He said he was a natural born killer and a violent ‘dude,’ but he hadn’t reached his full potential yet, which meant doing something bad,” the family said, according to police.

He also told his sister that she didn’t need to worry about him hurting her, because “he had made a deal with his brain not to hurt his family,” the report read.

The gunman’s mother described him as having a “death wish,” and said he had warned them not to contact police about his mental state because “he would shoot the officers,” police said.

“You guys want to go home to your families too,” his mother told investigators, according to the report.

Another family member asked detectives to pass on the family’s apologies to the deputies involved in the altercation, “because they knew the deputies did not want to shoot someone,” police said.

“In that time of great suffering the family member somehow was able to extend graciousness to the detectives and thank them ‘for what you guys do,’” according to the report.

Prosecutors determined that the deputies’ use of deadly force was justified.

“The deputies fired at Gonzalez in their own defense and the defense of others, and therefore bear no state criminal liability for their actions,” the district attorney’s office said in the press release.

You can watch security and bodycam footage of the deputies’ encounter with Gonzalez in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content.

Comments (41)
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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

For the impatient, great video starts at 0:35. LOL.

"Put your hands up. Put your hands up.

Bang bang bang, bangity bang bang. Bang bang bang..

Stay on the ground. Don't touch the gun."

Wow, look at 1:56.

Gotta love LEOs. Thank you all for your service. That's really incredible bravery shown on this video.

God bless all of you.

JBo
JBo

I think he got super sized.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Love the sound of tax dollars being saved

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

Well look at that, the family is happy their idiot member was destroyed...probably a border brother or sureno... good riddance!

Aramovich
Aramovich

A total failure of the system. How did he buy a handgun and a shotgun w/o them catching the mental illness? Too late for a red flag. Condolences to the family, they seem to have had no idea what to do. How many folks are in the same situation of fear and ignorance? And I'm sure the cops that shot him are having trouble with their emotions, too. Not a good deal for anyone.

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

If the family knew he was mentally unstable and didn't report him buying a gun..then they need to charged...was this guy another ILLEGAL ALIEN...

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

As I've said before on here: Good Guys = 1 Bad Guy = 0

NomonK
NomonK

Cops fired a total of 28 rounds and hit the target 8 times. Where did the other 20 useless rounds go. Sounds to me like this as well as other departments need a heck of alot more firing range. All those rounds are deadly. Each can kill or maim. Cops need to be proficient in hand gun as they are about knowing the law.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Well some wishes do come true

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

His own Mother said he had a death wish. Great job done by these Officer's. Everyone went home safe to there families 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

ikaika
ikaika

The best part is that the Del Taco was nearly empty! It's good that he didn't pick a crowded place.

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

I don't mean to be disrespectful, but 24 shots fired and 8 hits? If I were these deputies I would hit the range. Very dangerous.

DrChimRichalds
DrChimRichalds

Ventilated! Good guys 1, perp 0. Nice work LEO's!

Einsteinsdaddy
Einsteinsdaddy

Did anybody else notice the one officer doing some crazy dive to cover AFTER the gunfight? "Dammit I watched all those movies and didn't get to do my dive! Well I guess I can still go.... ....this is gonna Look so cool!" "Tomorrow I'm sliding across the hood of the car. "

Einsteinsdaddy
Einsteinsdaddy

Holy Crap! I just rewatched the video and saw that every Tuesday from 2 until midnight is Taco night... ...3 for $1.49. The only way Taco Bell could afford to do this is if the tacos are made with Perp meat.