Video from officers’ body worn cameras released Wednesday show what led up to police officers shooting and killing a knife-wielding parolee who was trying to carjack a vehicle from a relative in Fullerton.
An officer en route to an unrelated call about 9:30 p.m. May 3 saw two men fighting inside a truck at Lillie and Commonwealth avenues and called for backup, according to Lt. Jon Radus of the Fullerton Police Department.
Responding officers found the first officer trying to detain the two men, one of whom was armed with a stick and the other, later identified as Jesus Estrada Leon, 26, holding a large “butcher” type knife, Sgt. Eric Bridges said.
It was later determined both men were family members and Leon was trying to carjack the truck from his relative, Bridges said.
Officers spoke to Leon for several minutes, but he only became more agitated and aggressive, prompting officers to fire bean bag rounds at him as he moved toward officers.
However, after being hit with the rounds, Leon started to advance on officers who were detaining his relative, which led to police opening fire on him, Bridges said.
Leon died at a hospital.
A knife was recovered at the scene near the suspect, police said. A photo released by the department showed a stainless steel butcher knife with a black handle.
Leon was on parole and active probation and had an active arrest warrant issued in Nevada, Radus said.
Fullerton Police Department Chief Robert Dunn met with Leon’s family Tuesday and provided them with an opportunity to view video of the shooting before it was released to the public.
The shooting is under investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Fullerton Police Department.
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