Authorities Friday were investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting of a man in his 20s who allegedly threatened families at a Huntington Beach sports complex while armed with a bat and a broken bottle. Photo via OnScene.TV.
Authorities Friday were investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting of a man in his 20s who allegedly threatened families at a Huntington Beach sports complex while armed with a bat and a broken bottle. Photo via OnScene.TV.

Authorities Friday identified a man killed in an officer-involved shooting after he allegedly threatened families at a Huntington Beach sports complex while armed with a bat and a broken bottle.

Huntington Beach police were called about 7:20 p.m. to the Sports Complex at 18120 Goldenwest St. regarding a “disturbance with a weapon,” according to Officer Jennifer Marlatt.

Police received “multiple calls of a man armed with a bat and a broken bottle chasing children and other people around the sports fields while sporting events were taking place,” according to Marlatt.

As officers arrived, the suspect dashed into the bleachers occupied by several families, Marlatt said. That is when the officer-involved shooting happened, the officer said.

Two officers opened fire on the suspect, Marlatt said.

Steven Schiltz, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Orange County coroner’s office said.

Schiltz’s mother told CBS2 she tried to get her son help before because he was mentally unstable and was in a psych ward as recently as last year.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said their homicide detectives would conduct an investigation into the shooting, routine protocol for the city in officer-involved incidents.

Schiltz’s mother, Angela Hernandez, was granted a temporary restraining order against her son in February of 2013. The court order also forced Schiltz to move out of the house, according to court records.

“Steven will threaten his family members with knives, baseball bats, pool sticks, pool balls, chairs, and basically anything he can get his hands on,” his mother said in the restraining order application.

“Steven Anthony Schiltz, my son, harassed me and threatened his family for hours at no end of stopping,” she continued in the restraining order application. “He continues to drink alcohol heavily and possible illegal drugs too. However, he also has a medical marijuana license, which he frequently consumes on a daily basis. As a family we have tried numerous options to help him with his addictions and abuses, but he declines our advice and/or suggestions. We are now at the point of seeking police protection because his abuses are escalating to levels that we can no longer accept or handle.”

Schiltz was also known to “pick up his bike and physically throw it in the streets when passing cars are coming by,” his mother said.

“He has mentioned that he would commit suicide on several occasions,” she added. “He has also threatened to kill us all on several occasions and/or destroy property.”

Schiltz had a lengthy criminal history.

He pleaded guilty in May 2008 to driving drunk. In May of 2009 he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petty theft and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and placed on three years of informal probation.

In August of 2012, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drinking in public, and in May of 2015 he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a domestic relations court order as well as single misdemeanor counts each of criminal threats and damaging telephone lines and was sentenced to a month in jail.

Part of the May 2015 plea deal included going to meetings of Alcoholics, Narcotics and Cocaine Anonymous groups, according to court records.

In court papers he signed as part of the plea deal he admitted threatening his mother and that he “also maliciously broke a utility line.”

Schiltz had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor drinking in public charge. It was issued Sept. 2 when he failed to complete attendance at 30 self-help meetings, according to court records.

— City News Service

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