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Armed Man Shot, Killed By Police Officer Outside San Bernardino Liquor Store

Cell phone video showed the officer and the suspect wrestling on the ground before the officer stands, produces a gun and opens fire on the suspect several times. A weapon was recovered at the scene.

By CBS Los Angeles , in Los Angeles , at October 23, 2020

original article published at https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/10/23/armed-man-shot-killed-by-police-officer-outside-san-bernardino-liquor-store/

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) – A man who authorities say was armed was shot and killed by a San Bernardino police officer during a violent confrontation which was caught on video late Thursday night.

The shooting occurred in the 200 block of West Base Line Street outside King Tut Liquor.

Cell phone video shows a San Bernardino police officer shooting a suspect during a struggle. Oct. 22, 2020. (LLN)

Cell phone video showed the officer and the suspect wrestling on the ground before the officer stands, produces a gun and opens fire on the suspect several times.

The victim was identified as 35-year-old Mark Matthew Bender Jr. of San Bernardino.

The incident began at 11:18 p.m. when an officer was dispatched to the liquor store on a report of a man who was jumping on vehicles in the parking lot, San Bernardino police Sgt. John Echevarria told reporters Friday morning.

The arriving officer gave the suspect commands to surrender, which the suspect ignored. When the suspect tried to enter into the liquor store, with customers inside, the officer moved to restrain him, Echevarria said.

“The suspect was large in size and was able to physically overpower the officer,” Echevarria said. “The suspect retrieved a weapon from his pocket and was turning to face the officer. At that time, an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

Bender suffered several gunshot wounds. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died, police said.

A gun was recovered at the scene. A description of the weapon was not provided. Echevarria said that the officer saw the weapon during the fight.

“The officer saw the weapon, and during the struggle, was able to disengage during that fight for control of that suspect, and was able to back away and protect himself by discharging his weapon,” Echevarria said.

Bender had a criminal history going back 17 years, Echevarria said, with arrests for allegations of attempted murder, false imprisonment, domestic violence, theft and possession of narcotics.

Several people came out and protested in the hours immediately following the shooting.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is involved in the investigation.

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