NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — CBS2/KCAL9 has uncovered video of a Newport Beach police shooting that left a man dead.
The violent scene played out on police dash cam video at a Newport Beach 7-Eleven on May 29, 2014.
Garrit Vos entered the store, started threatening customers, jumped the counter, stole scissors and grabbed a clerk.
Someone called 911. Officers arrived and believed Vos was on drugs or bath salts.
Ultimately, Vos charged his way out of the store while holding a metal shelving hook. That was when officers opened fire.
Richard Vos is Gerrit’s father. He and his attorney filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Newport Beach police.
He said his 22-year-old son suffered from schizophrenia and drug addiction.
Richard said he understood Gerrit was a threat that night, but believes police did not need to use deadly force.
After the shooting, prosecutors investigated the shooting and cleared the officers involved.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office released a statement say: “Officer Farris feared Vos was going to continue his advance and ‘kill his partner’ or himself, so he fired his AR-15 four times.”
One officer, who was using a nonlethal gun, said this after firing at Gerrit: “Officer Shen did not see whether or not the projectile struck Vos, but stated that it had no effect on Vos and Vos continued advancing,”
Vos’ attorney said it’s clear from the video that multiple weapons were fired at once, so nonlethal options were never truly attempted.
“The officers just shot on command. And that’s an execution,” attorney Khail Parris claimed.
“Being 28 years in the fire department, I dedicated my life to saving people. And if I was to deny this interview, I would feel like I let other handicapped people down, other mentally ill people down by not putting this out there,” Richard Vos said.
The district attorney’s final report said there was no criminal wrongdoing. That is why no charges were filed against the officers.