San Diego Officer Shoots, Kills Man Aggressively Swinging Metal Chain at Him (Full Video, 911 Call)

On August 8, 2018, at approximately 1711 hours , San Diego Police received a 911 call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon. Witnesses reported seeing a male, later identified as Vaughn Denham, attack another male in the head and torso with a machete.

San Diego Police Officer Corey Pitts responded to the call and advised dispatch he was making contact with a person matching the description of the suspect. As Officer Pitts was getting out of his vehicle, Denham ran up to the car and swung a four-foot long metal chain striking Officer Pitts’ vehicle. Officer Pitts unholstered his Taser and ordered Denham to drop the chain. Denham refused and began walking towards Officer Pitts while swinging the chain. Officer Pitts deployed his Taser, which was ineffective in stopping Denham, as the barbs were blocked by – and became entangled in – the metal chain.

Officer Pitts then removed his duty weapon from his holster and pointed it at Denham. He continued to retreat from Denham for a block and a half to keep from being struck with the chain, commanding and imploring Denham to drop the chain throughout. Denham continued to close the distance between him and Officer Pitts, shifting the chain from hand to hand.

After giving Denham multiple commands to “Drop the chain or I will shoot,” Officer Pitts fired two rounds from his duty weapon striking and dropping Denham to the pavement. Denham was eventually transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The man he had attacked with a machete survived.

The entire 306-page investigation report (which contains many photographs, including photos of the machete, and of the chain with entangled Taser barbs) is available in a public post on Patreon. Direct link: http://tiny.cc/denham

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22 thoughts on “San Diego Officer Shoots, Kills Man Aggressively Swinging Metal Chain at Him (Full Video, 911 Call)

  1. This one had all the drama we have come to expect from this channel: bad guy with weapon, officer begging him to put it down: shots fired, and screaming woman in the background. Best part of all? Perp died.

  2. Serious question – the cop had plenty of time so why didn't he aim for a leg? Normally we see cops in a position where they have no choice but to use potentially lethal force. In this case the guy was walking slowly towards the officer and didn't have a gun. This is a serious question…I'm not baiting or anything. If anything, the start of the encounter (when he tried to use the tazer) was more dangerous as he didn't know the maniacs intentions. Once he just slowly started backing up and the guy was just walking towards him he had ample time to pick a shot, surely? Are officers not trained to try and use non-lethal shots? Again, serious question.

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