Dashcam Shows Police Shootout With Drunk Suspect In Redwood Valley, California

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Published on Oct 31, 2019

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has released the dash cam video and audio of the shooting of Joseph Anthony Corral, 26 of Los Angeles, by MCSO deputies. Three deputies were present, and it appears that two of them fired multiple shots towards Corral, potentially more than 15 shots, only one of which struck Corral. Corral was airlifted to an out of county hospital and survived. In the video the audio is clearly legible, and it shows Corral very suddenly reaching for something behind him and then raising back up. At that point one of the deputies yells for him to not reach for a gun, and the deputies begin to fire. Sheriff Allman in a press conference earlier this month stated that Corral fired at least one shot, though it did not hit anyone. When the shooting begins two deputies are on the passenger side of the van, while the other is speaking to Corral through the driver's side front window.

The deputies on the passenger's side then fire into the van, in the direction of Corral, but also in the direction of their fellow deputy. After the deputies stop shooting one of them is heard asking if a woman not on camera has been wounded. No one else was wounded. MCSO deputies initially responded to a call regarding a report of a drunk man, but then encountered Corral in a mini-van on the side of the road. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman held a press conference shortly after the shooting, in which he said the dash cam footage would be released within two weeks; the footage is required to be made public under California's Public Records Act SB 748 and SB 1421, which expand the public's access to police records in circumstances where a peace officer discharges a firearm.