Orange County, CA. Sheriff’s Department man attempted suicide by cop (Video – Photos)

On April 27, at 6:30 P.M. Deputies responded to a suicidal man with a gun in the garage of his home on Paseo Castile in San Juan Capistrano. Deputies Leith Chacon, Juan Lopez and Anthony Franco responded to the call. Video recently released shows the restraint Deputies used that resulted in the successful conclusion of the event.

Deputies attempted to contact the distraught person by phone, but the man did not want to talk. 

Deputy Chacon heard the rack of a gun. “It’s the sound a gun makes when you put a round in the chamber.” “It was not at all what I expected,” Chacon said. “I never expected a fully automatic weapon.”

Dozens of bullets were later retrieves from neighborhood homes that had been spent in the barrage that lasted a brief time.

“I could hear the magazine drop, then a reload; it seemed to go so slowly,” said Chacon, who is married with a newborn baby. “We just did what we had to do to survive. Training just kicked in.”

“We’re not here to charge a handgun versus a rifle,” said OCSD Lt. Scott Spalding. “One of those (rounds) is deadly. Their vest does not stop those. “Their movements saved their lives.”

“We are not trained to fire blindly,” Spalding said. “We have to consider background.”

After the brief hail of gunfire the man surrendered without anyone being injured.

“Complacency kills in incidents like this,” Chacon said.

“We’d like people to realize what kinds of things first responders are going into every day. These deputies have to make split-second decisions and the parameters they have to work in are very narrow. They have to be ready for everything.”

The man is currently being held on $3 million bail and is facing three felony counts of attempted murder on a peace officer and three counts of discharging a firearm in commission of a felony.




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