Ceres police released videos of officers’ deadly shooting of man with knife

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Ceres police on Friday released an edited, compilation of videos Friday that show the moments police shot and killed a man with a knife earlier this month. Police have said 22-year-old Alexander Yepez Ortega was killed while trying to stab an officer. The body-worn camera videos show the man raising and moving toward the officer before he is shot and also shows the officer’s wound from being cut. Warning: The video shared by Ceres police contains graphic images. Here is where it is posted. The release from police includes 911 audio from a woman who said her brother-in-law, Ortega, was threatening her husband with a flip-out knife outside a home on Dirk Court. Ceres police said dispatchers determined that Ortega had a warrant out for his arrest for multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence from a past incident with Modesto police. Surveillance video shows Ortega holding the knife outside and then leaving the area.The body-worn cameras show police officers and a K9 moving through the yards of homes until they find Ortega sitting inside a vehicle’s passenger seat at a nearby commercial property. The body-worn cameras show the officers with guns drawn trying to talk with Ortega through a window and telling him to put his hands up. Ortega does raise one hand and one of the officers later opens the driver’s side door. Ortega then exits the vehicle through the passenger door and moves toward an officer, who cries out around the same time as police shoot Ortega. “I think I got stabbed in my arm,” the officer is heard saying. The videos show officers administering first-aid to Ortega, who was later pronounced dead. The videos also show a knife with a four-inch blade that was recovered at the scene. Ceres police said they are continuing their criminal and administrative investigations. The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent review.See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

Ceres police on Friday released an edited, compilation of videos Friday that show the moments police shot and killed a man with a knife earlier this month.

Police have said 22-year-old Alexander Yepez Ortega was killed while trying to stab an officer. The body-worn camera videos show the man raising and moving toward the officer before he is shot and also shows the officer’s wound from being cut.

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The release from police includes 911 audio from a woman who said her brother-in-law, Ortega, was threatening her husband with a flip-out knife outside a home on Dirk Court.

Ceres police said dispatchers determined that Ortega had a warrant out for his arrest for multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence from a past incident with Modesto police.

Surveillance video shows Ortega holding the knife outside and then leaving the area.

The body-worn cameras show police officers and a K9 moving through the yards of homes until they find Ortega sitting inside a vehicle’s passenger seat at a nearby commercial property.

The body-worn cameras show the officers with guns drawn trying to talk with Ortega through a window and telling him to put his hands up. Ortega does raise one hand and one of the officers later opens the driver’s side door.

Ortega then exits the vehicle through the passenger door and moves toward an officer, who cries out around the same time as police shoot Ortega.

“I think I got stabbed in my arm,” the officer is heard saying.

The videos show officers administering first-aid to Ortega, who was later pronounced dead.

The videos also show a knife with a four-inch blade that was recovered at the scene.

Ceres police said they are continuing their criminal and administrative investigations. The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent review.

See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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