SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (FOX 11) - This video really demonstrates the extreme danger and unpredictability that law enforcement officers encounter when they head out to respond to a call.
It was about 6:30 at night back on April 27th, when three Orange County Sheriff's deputies, in two patrol cars, responded to a call regarding a suicidal man armed with a gun at his home in San Juan Capistrano.
This dash cam video shows the deputies pulling up to the home on Paseo Castile and getting out of their patrol cars to assess the situation. They spot the man standing inside his garage.
And all is quiet for about a minute and a half when suddenly gunfire erupts.
Over a thirty-second period, the suspect sprays dozens of bullet rounds at the deputies, using an illegal automatic rifle. The vehicles windshields and windows were shot out, but deputies Leith Chacon, Juan Lopez, and Anthony Franco were able to find cover in time and were not hit.
It wasn't long after that the suspect emerged from his garage and surrendered. He was then taken into custody.
A couple of things worth noting here: Number one, no one was injured (which is pretty incredible...)
Number two: despite being shot at, the deputies never returned fire - not once, because they say they're trained to not fire blindly – period, and especially not in a residential neighborhood. A testament to the training they've received.
As for the suspect, he is currently being held on three million dollars bail and is facing several felonies including attempted murder on a peace officer.
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