San Clemente, CA – Protests have broken out in Orange County over the deputy-involved shooting of a homeless man in front of the Hotel Miramar on Wednesday and cell phone footage of the incident has quickly gone viral (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 scuffled 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 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.
Officials have not yet said whether the suspect gained control of the deputy’s gun at any point during the struggle.
Witnesses at the scene told police they heard a deputy yell “He’s got my gun!” before two shots were fired, KCAL reported.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office was investigating the deputy-involved shooting, the San Clemente Times reported.
The sheriff’s department said there is video of the incident from security cameras at nearby businesses.
On Thursday morning, protesters gathered in the area of El Camino Real and Avenida San Gabriel where the shooting occurred and challenged deputies in the area, KCAL reported.
At least three protesters were taken into custody on Sept. 24.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Violence and Obscene Language: