The Sacramento Police Department released body camera footage of last month's attempted murder of a Sacramento police officer.
On February 22nd, the police department received several reports of a person walking with a knife in the area of Elvas Avenue and J Street in Sacramento.
Officers located 33-year-old Juan Heras-Castro, he had a knife, but was “calm and cooperative."
Officers questioned Castro and thought he may have been suffering from a mental health crisis. Castro was then transported to Mercy General Hospital for an evaluation, but was not detained in handcuffs because of his calm demeanor.
While being evaluated at the hospital, Castro ran out of the building and into a residential neighborhood. When an officer caught up with Castro, he became combative.
During the struggle, Castro took the officer’s gun from the holster and fired the weapon three times. An off-duty firefighter heard the shots and assisted the officer. Both were then able to regain control of the weapon and take Castro into custody, according to officials.
Castro was charged with attempted homicide on a police officer and the officer got away with minor injuries.
(WARNING: The video may contain graphic images and/or profane language.)