HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Two days after her son was killed by police, Angela Hernandez was back at the scene of the shooting with her attorney filing a wrongful death claim against the Huntington Beach Police Department.
Investigators say Steven Schiltz was killed by police during soccer practice at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex around 7:30 p.m. Thursday as dozens of children and parents watched in horror.
The 29-year-old man, armed with a baseball bat and a broken bottle, was charging towards a crowd, when two officers shot and killed him under the bleachers, according to witnesses.
Police received “multiple calls of a man armed with a bat and a broken bottle chasing children and other people around the sports fields while sporting events were taking place,” according to Officer Jennifer Marlatt.
Tom Hester, who has known Schiltz for three years on the streets, said he recently talked about suicide. “He seemed like he was having mental problems. He had a bad alcohol problem,” Hester recalled.
“I always had great hope for my son, but my hope died when he died,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez, was granted a temporary restraining order against her son in February of 2013. The court order also forced Schiltz to move out of the house, according to court records.
His mother said her son has suffered from mental illness since he was a kid.
Norman Harboldt, who had hired Schiltz to help build sheds on occasions, said he had never seen the violent side of Schiltz.
“I can’t believe that was him because I’ve never seen him do anything like that. I’ve never seen him get crazy like that,” Harboldt added.
“Steven will threaten his family members with knives, baseball bats, pool sticks, pool balls, chairs, and basically anything he can get his hands on,” his mother said in the restraining order application.
“Steven Anthony Schiltz, my son, harassed me and threatened his family for hours at no end of stopping,” she continued in the restraining order application. “He continues to drink alcohol heavily and possible illegal drugs too. However, he also has a medical marijuana license, which he frequently consumes on a daily basis. As a family we have tried numerous options to help him with his addictions and abuses, but he declines our advice and/or suggestions. We are now at the point of seeking police protection because his abuses are escalating to levels that we can no longer accept or handle.”