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WATCH: Police Blast Man Out of His Van With Fire Hose Then Kill Him

Orange County, CA — A graphic video captured the final moments of a troubled father of six, who’s since been identified as Michael Anthony Perez. The incident began as a traffic stop, however, it quickly escalated to a deadly situation.

On Sunday, around 11:15 pm, an Orange County police officer attempted to pull over Perez for a broken tail light. According to police, during the traffic stop, they found a warrant associated with the license plate.

According to police, Perez initially refused to stop, but eventually pulled over in the parking lot of a strip mall in Anaheim. That is when the routine traffic stop took a turn for the worse.

Perez, who according to his widow, was a drug addict and had been living in his van for a year, began acting very strange when officers approached. Instead of getting his license and registration, Perez barricaded himself in the vehicle with a gas can and a lighter.

At this point, the officers were no longer concerned about the traffic ticket,” Orange Police lieutenant Fred Lopez said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Perez then poured gas on a cloth and lit a cigarette.

It was, do we have a suicide? Do we have other incendiary devices inside the vehicle? That’s why a plan was devised to get him out of the vehicle.

In an attempt to preserve life and prevent a fire, officers on the scene came up with a rather intuitive plan — they called the Orange County Fire Department and requested an engine to assist them. If Perez was going to try to light himself on fire, police and firefighters were going to make it very hard for him.

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When the fire truck arrived, police distracted Perez while other officers smashed out his windows with their batons. Then they deployed the fire hose and sprayed a massive amount of high-pressure water into the van — effectively rendering any attempt at starting a fire null.

I’ve been here for 22 years. I don’t know that I’ve ever even heard of a plan like this. I think it was an excellent idea to use the water to prevent him from lighting himself on fire,” Lopez told KABC.

Their plan went off without a hitch and Perez was unable to start the fire. However, after Perez exited the van and was surround by multiple cops, he allegedly had a knife. While none of the other officers on the scene felt the need to escalate to deadly force, apparently one officer did.

A single shot was fired into the torso of Perez and he went down. Perez was then brought to the hospital where he would die.

A news release from the Orange Police Department says that they attempted to use “less lethal munition,” but they were not effective in subduing Perez. The less than lethal weapon attempts are also not in the video below.

Perez was later identified by his sister, Lovina Perez, who told KTLA, “He is not just another person shot by the police, he is a son, brother, and father.

It is truly a shame to watch all the great police work to preserve life get ruined by a single officer who felt the need to result to deadly force. Although the video below cuts off just before the fatal shot is fired, it is still graphic.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. , Steemit, and now on Facebook.

  • john smith

    why do they even bother any more
    if they are going to murder people just execute them and stop pretending like they are doing some kinda service …this shit sickens me

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  • LadyDonnalands

    Wow…A broken taillight is such an important matter. What Richard Craniums to kill a man over a broken taillight? Maniac cops!

    • Steen

      No one was killed over the tail light, dumbass.

      • LadyDonnalands

        That’s what started it all…
        You’re rude.

  • Gordon Klock

    Why do I get this weird impression, that he probably wasn’t really planning to light himself on fire ? Cops have become notorious for lying about such details, & they probably would have shot him, even if he did torch himself, besides….
    (& it was the cops that initiated, & likely escalated, this confrontation to begin with)….

  • Robin W. Tong

    Always that one fucking numnut that can’t handle the job of being a peace officer without resorting to deadly force and should have never had the job to begin with.

    • Ed

      Especially since he was 1 of a half dozen police there.
      All Cops can’t keep saying they “Feared for their Life” to justify shooting someone. We must let a jury of their peers decide in each and every case, the prosecutors shouldn’t have the right to decide! I can’t see how we let Prosecutors decide without qualifying with a legal explanation!

  • Desert Rat

    Video has been removed.

  • Mother Earth

    A badge to entitlement a time to kill

  • junktex

    Progressive California

  • IceTrey

    They couldn’t have sprayed him with the hose again? I actually like it as a tactic.

  • It’s amazing how many people are killed by broken taillights- I mean cops.

    • Steen

      His own knife killed him, you dumbass.

      • Once again, it is amazing how many people are killed by broken taillights- I mean cops.

  • Domina Elle

    Yet another privilege card expired! I thought his skin color was supposed to prevent situations like this what’s happened?!

    • F Qg

      So are you inbred or just retarded?

      • Domina Elle

        That’s the best you can do? I’m a brainwashing narrative killer and I use my brain. Are you capable of critical thinking? Do you need some crayons?

  • Steve Salman

    Dumbfuck assholes, is a tail light worth a mans life , or whatever it was on that warrant !!! keep up the blood spilling, in the end all cops will drown in their own blood if they keep this shit up. dumb assholes

    • Steve Rusk

      Any excuse for a thrill kill, it’s how they get their jollies.

    • Steen

      He had a knife.

      • Steve Salman

        Thats the dumbest excuse a dumb fuck cop can ever give, you can easily disable a man with a knife without killing him , what kind of pervert cops are these trigger happy fucks ??

  • Steve Rusk

    We’ve now entered the era of when the body count is a major factor in how our elites determine law enforcement efficiency.

  • Brian J Myers

    looking at this objectively, the guy had a death wish from the start. He was obviously not in a normal frame of mind. He pulled a knife out against these officers. It is their job to protect themselves and others from such deadly threats. The guy got what he wanted. Death. And rightfully so. These cops have families too. They are brothers, fathers and sons. You pull a knife on me and I will shoot you dead too.

    • db81

      Wrong man, police has tools (mace, tazers..) for restraining such ppl. Wtf do they use deadly force right away??

    • Gary Smith

      Looking at this objectively, the cops detained a man for a broken taillight. Where’s the crime? This guy would still be breathing if a cop’s “job” wasn’t to extort money from motorists.

      • Brian J Myers

        Did it ever once cross your mind that the officers witnessed this guy’s strange behavior and thought it was a good idea to check him out?? You know. Like what police do?? They used the broken tail light as a reason to interview him. Then MR psyco went all psyco. Is your family safer with a lunatic like this driving around the streets?? The cops never detained him. They asked him questions and after the nut job started to pour gasoline all over the place, they acted accordingly. I review some stories on this site. Some are justified and some not. However, the regulars that comment here have a very scewed and biased approach at looking at anything other than cops being bad cops. I bet the majority of you would be crying like bitches for a cop to come and rescue you should you ever face a real and deadly threat. Keyboard cowards. lol.

        • Gary Smith

          Oh, is that what they were doing? I missed that in the story. Are you suggesting that when police pull people over for victim-less “crimes” (you know, like a broken taillight) that they aren’t actually concerned for our safety but are trying to find a reason to collect even MORE money for the state and maybe get to lock someone in a cage???

          When the police pull someone over, that IS detaining them.

          My family is safer because we avoid psychopaths – both the badged and un-badged variety.

          Speak for yourself, Brian. I would never call the police for any reason.

    • rtb61

      Yep because they were in a hurry for their donuts, they simply could not wait the person out, who was in their van until they extremely clumsily and incompetently forced the issue.
      Reality is, they wanted to kill the person for fun and forced the issue in order to achieve that end.

  • db81

    2 shots actually, 0:56 and 0:59. fkin pussy pigs

  • Shoreline1

    That does it, no more self-immolation for me!

  • Ibcamn

    criminal cops feel the need to destroy lives,destroy property,and of course torture people before executing them…they could clearly see the man had no weapon yet just felt the need,that desire to murder that man.
    all while fellow cops swarmed around and gave him a clear shot at the unarmed guy…..get him,get him,get him is all i kept hearing over and over by these criminals…these low life criminals in blue sorounding a man after they almost drowned him and destroy his van and then get him down on the ground and then shot him…execute him in cold blood like some wild mad dog….cops are the new american terrorist the gov’t warned us all about,the new home grown terrorist is the cop,right there just proved it……….

  • rtb61

    So US law enforcers think it is appropriate to shot someone to stop them committing suicide, hmm, OK. So you can suicide by cop in the US by attempting suicide in front of them, so try to jump off a building and the shoot you instead, why because target practice?

  • Solba Akashka

    Option: keep spraying him with the water hose. You had it right there. No sense in killing him. This is why cops get no respect.

  • williamdecade

    no one wants to admit the rampant mental illness and blood/death lust that the police have, wake up people!