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VIDEO: Homeless Man Shot After Reaching For Deputy’s Weapon

San Clemente, CA – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released more video of the September of 2020 shooting of a homeless man whom deputies had stopped for jaywalking (video below).

The incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 23 after Orange County sheriff’s deputies with the department’s homeless outreach unit responded to a call about a homeless person at the Hotel Miramar in San Clemente, KCAL reported.

The cell phone video of the incident showed the deputies walking with 42-year-old Kurt Andras Reinhold, trying to get him to stop and talk to them.

The video showed Reinhold yelling at the deputies who appeared to be telling him not to jaywalk.

In the video, Reinhold was argumentative and screamed at the deputies who remained calm.

Several times, the suspect smacked a deputy’s hand and bumped up against the deputies who had their hands up to tell him to stop, the video showed.

When a deputy reached out to guide the direction Reinhold was walking, the man became outraged and repeatedly screamed at the deputy not to touch him.

The video cuts to a few moments ahead when deputies appeared to be trying to get Reinhold to get on the sidewalk with them.

A scuffle ensued and the cell phone video showed that even when both deputies tried to get control of the angry man, he was able to take both law enforcement officers to the ground with him within seconds.

The video showed Reinhold on top of one of the deputies while the other deputy tried to pull him off.

And then a white truck drove in front of the camera and block the view of the altercation just as a gun went off.

A second gunshot was heard a split-second later in the video.

The person filming got down behind a vehicle after the first gunshot and the video ended when deputies had already begun performing First Aid on the wounded suspect, the San Clemente Times reported.

Reinhold died at the scene.

The sheriff’s department has said the shooting occurred about three minutes after the deputies made contact with the suspect, KTLA reported.

The newly-released footage included dashcam, cell phone, and motel security camera videos of the incident.

Officials did not release any bodycam video of the shooting, KTLA reported.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that Reinhold tried to grab for the deputy’s service weapon before he was shot, KCAL reported.

Sheriff’s investigators had previously released a frame grab from the video footage that showed Reinhold’s hand near or on one of the deputy’s holsters as he fought with them on the pavement.

Officials said it was unclear whether Reinhold had successfully unholstered the deputy’s weapon at any point during the struggle, KTLA reported.

Reinhold’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county and the sheriff’s department in December.

The deputy-involved shooting remains under investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, KTLA reported.

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

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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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