The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released body camera footage showing a November incident in which a deputy shot a man armed with a meat cleaver, claiming he was the Antichrist.
The shooting happened back Nov. 12 in Cabazon, an unincorporated area of Riverside County, approximately 40 miles east of Riverside. Around 3:30 p.m. that day, a deputy from the Cabazon station stopped a man on a bicycle who was riding on the wrong side of Carmen Avenue, just west of Rafael Street. According to Sheriff Chad Bianco, the deputy knew the cyclist — identified as Cabazon resident Kenneth Scott Wallis — had a warrant out for his arrest.
Body camera video released on Tuesday shows the deputy talking to the suspect, informing him he can’t ride his bicycle on the sidewalk. The deputy asks Wallis his name and if he has any weapons on him. Wallis told the deputy he did and began reaching down the bicycle to put his kickstand down.
As he does, the deputy asks Wallis if he has any weapons, to which Wallis replied, “I do.” Wallis then bent over, which the deputy seemingly believed was Wallis reaching for that weapon. After shouting “Don’t touch it,” Wallis replied that he was simply lowering his bike’s kickstand.
“I’m putting the kickstand down, bro. I’m [the] Antichrist.”
Wallis then reached into his pockets as the deputy pulled out his gun. The deputy continued to warn Wallis against taking out a weapon. Wallis shouted back, “Shoot me, then, mother f*****.”
After shouting back and forth, Wallis claimed the Sheriff’s Department had been harassing him. Wallis then attempted to get back on his bike and ride away. That’s when the deputy shoved Wallis off his bike.
“Alright mother f*****. What’s up, G,” Wallis said as he got up, seeming to threaten the deputy to a fight. The deputy then pulled out his baton, while Wallis seemed to pull something from his pocket. Seconds later, Wallis had been shot.
A zoomed-in and slowed-down version of the body camera footage shows Wallis holding a six-inch meat cleaver.
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According to Bianco, the deputy provided Wallis aid until paramedics got to the scene, but Wallis was declared dead when first responders arrived.
The department found a six-inch meat cleaver at the scene of the shooting, and identified it as the weapon Wallis is accused of having pulled out of his pocket before he was shot.
As part of Department policy, the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave.
An investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will lead this investigation with help from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail and Central Homicide Unit.
Sheriff Chad Bianco said the combined investigation will examine the original traffic enforcement stop, Wallis’ actions, and the deputy-involved shooting.
The incident will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s office.
In addition, the Sheriff’s Dept. will internally review and evaluate the actions of its deputies with its policy and training standards.
We have a local reporter in that area and we managed to track down the police officer who wanted to remain anonymous until the investigation is completed!
The most interesting thing here is the fact that the police officer confirmed that he’s a devoted Christian and that when the person mentioned his name the officer felt threatened. When he pulled out his weapon from his pocket he decided that he needs to react!