Bodycam footage released in Calif. OIS of sword-wielding man

Video shows the man advancing on Cpl. Chad Jensen with a 26-inch sword, ignoring Jensen's repeated commands to stop

Brian Rokos
The Press-Enterprise

POMONA, Calif. — The Pomona Police Department on Thursday, May 7, released a video from a police-worn camera that shows an officer-involved shooting that also involved a man wielding a sword.

Police Cpl. Chad Jensen located Anthony Pacheco after Pacheco’s 41-year-old brother had reported being cut in the head by the sword. The video shows Pacheco hiding behind bushes as Jensen pulls up in his patrol car.

Pacheco emerges and Jensen orders him to stop and show his hands. Instead, Pacheco pulls a 26-inch sword from his waistband, holding the weapon with both hands chest-high, and walks toward Jensen, ignoring the officer’s repeated commands to stop.

Jensen then fires as he is backpedaling, and Pacheco falls. Jensen radios in “998” — police code for an officer-involved shooting — and requests paramedics.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Pacheco’s brother suffered cuts to his head and was expected to recover, police said.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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