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VIDEO: California Police Officer Shoots Knife-Wielding Man

Hollister, CA – Hollister police released bodycam video from a December 2020 officer-involved shooting of a 29-year-old man armed with a knife (video below).

The incident occurred on Dec. 8, 2020 after family members called the police because Brandon Hill had been “going crazy” inside a home on Kimberly Court, the Benito Link reported.

Officers responded to the scene and two of Hill’s family members explained that he had been having issues and had just moved back into the home after being gone for 11 years.

Bodycam showed that Hill came to the front door when he heard them talking about him.

“I haven’t threatened anybody, man,” Hill told the officer from the doorway.

The officer asked Hill to take his hands out of his pockets but the man ignored him and started backing away, back into the house, the video showed.

A family member took the officer aside and told him that Hill had told his family he was homicidal and suicidal, and said they didn’t feel safe having him stay in the house.

Bodycam showed the officer got permission to enter the house and tried to talk to Hill.

“This is f-king bulls–t, man. They say I’m threatening them. I’m not threatening anybody,” the angry man told the officer in the video.

He kept his right hand in his pocket throughout the conversation and ignore police commands to take it out.

“Let me see your hands,” the officers told Hill repeatedly.

Hill continued to rant, swearing profusely, and denied that he had anything in his hand, the video showed.

Then he turned on the gas stove in the kitchen.

Bodycam video showed one officer standing in the living room pointing a Taser in Hill’s direction.

The second officer told that officer to switch to his duty weapon because he already had less-lethal out, the video showed.

The officer followed instructions, holstered his Taser, and drew his pistol.

“I have a f-king pistol too, man, so fuck you!” Hill said when he saw the maneuver.

Then he pulled a knife out of his pocket out of view of the camera.

“He has a knife,” one officer warned the other.

Hill continued ranting and swearing, the video showed.

“Put the knife down,” the officer ordered Hill multiple times.

Then the video showed that Hill began throwing flaming pieces of paper out of the kitchen at the officers.

One of the burning papers landed on the coffee table, the video showed.

“I ain’t putting s–t down,” Hill yelled at the officers.

Bodycam showed the officers stayed calm throughout the exchange and continued to try to de-escalate the situation.

But Hill began lobbing large objects across the room at them and the windows, and then tried to upend the dining room table, the video showed.

The officers bobbed and weaved for more than a minute to avoid the projectiles thrown by Hill and then told him to stop.

He responded with obscenities, the video showed.

“Talk to us, we don’t want to do this,” one of the officers told Hill.

“F–k you. F–k you, man,” the armed suspect responded.

“We just want to talk to you,” the officer said again in the video.

Seconds later, Hill took a step as if to lunge at the officers with the knife and the officer holding the pistol opened fire and shot him, bodycam video showed.

Hill was shot in the abdomen, KION reported.

Officers began First Aid measures until EMS arrived.

Hill was transported to a trauma center and treated for his gunshot wound, the Benito Link reported.

He survived and has been charged with four felonies in connection with the incident, according to police.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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