Caught on Video: Calif. Cops Open Fire on Vandal Outside Carl’s Jr. Restaurant

Editor’s note: warning — this video contains graphic images and language.

He was wielding a metal bar that almost appeared to be an ice ax and tearing up a restaurant. And when cops told him to drop it, he refused. That’s when the shots rang out.

“He” is a vandal. And it all went down on Monday outside a Carl’s Jr. in Monterey Park, CA. And we know about it because bystanders caught it all on video and posted it to YouTube.

KTLA-TV reports on the incident that left the assailant dead, even after being tasered:

The shooting happened about 9:30 a.m. at Carl’s Jr. restaurant near the intersection of Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue.

Officers responded to a report that a man was breaking windows at the restaurant.

When the officers arrived, they saw people running out of the restaurant, according to a news release issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A man walked out of the restaurant holding a three-foot-long metal bar, police said.

Officers ordered the man to drop the bar and he refused. One of the officers shocked the man with a Taser, to little effect.

The man then came toward the officers and swung the bar twice, according to the news release.

That’s when the officers shot the man.

One officers shot the man five times, and a second officer shot the man five more times after he fell to the pavement.

Paramedics rushed him to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

However, despite the department’s claims, the video doesn’t appear to show the man swinging the bar at the officers. Still, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t threatening them. You can see for yourself, but again there are graphic images and language:

The shooting is now under investigation. Another woman was injured in the incident, according to KTLA. She was reportedly hurt by shattering glass from a stray bullet.

The AP has more on the aftermath:

(H/T: Gawker)