|Tulare Police officers shot and killed a suspect Monday afternoon, after multiple physical confrontations.
The violence has the community on edge.
“I know our 911 system was so overloaded they were having to hang up on people because they had so many calls about our officers in a fight with this guy,” said Tulare Police Sgt. John Hamlin.
Around 4:30 Monday afternoon officers were responding to the assault of a bus driver near the corner of E Cross Ave and N Cherry St. When they spotted a man matching a suspect description, they attempted to talk to him. That’s when officers say the man tried to fight them.
According to Police, the physical altercation prompted officers to use their Tasers, which they say were ineffective. “The suspect became combative. At that point in time, the officers put out that there had been shots fired,” said Sgt. Hamlin.
Cell phone video of the encounter shows one officer running after the suspect before using his Taser, the chase continues with the suspect punching the officer, the officer then takes out his baton and swings. The chase then moves across the street where the second officer pepper sprays the suspect. Shortly after, shots are fired. Posted By Ghost
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