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Man shot on Canyon Country street identified

Posted: February 2, 2014 3:08 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2014 3:08 p.m.
 

A man killed during a deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country Thursday night has been identified as 47-year-old Steven Burke Pettersen of Canyon Country, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department.

On Sunday, Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner’s office identified Pettersen as the man who was shot and killed Thursday night. He died at 8:32 p.m., Corral said.

An official cause and manner of Pettersen’s death is yet to be determined, he said.

Pettersen was shot multiple times in the upper torso by deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station after reportedly moving toward them with a knife in his hand, according to an incident report released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident began at approximately 8:25 p.m. Thursday when patrol deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were flagged down and received reports of a man in the area of Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri-La Drive who was “running in and out of traffic, holding a spear and waving it at passersby on the road,” according to the incident report.

Sheriff’s deputies later located Pettersen - at that point unidentified - standing near the intersection “holding a metal spear and behaving strangely,” according to the report.

At some point during this exchange the first deputy-involved shooting occurred. According to the Sheriff’s Department report, the man appeared unscathed and continued acting erratically.

The deputies then moved back toward their vehicle, at which point the man, a knife now in hand, advanced on them, according to the report.

The suspect was then fired upon and struck multiple times in the upper torso, according to the report.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and both the weapons were recovered.

No deputies were injured in the incident.

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Comments

ricketzz: Posted: February 3, 2014 5:43 a.m.

Don't ever call the police unless you want someone killed.


kimanthac: Posted: February 3, 2014 6:32 a.m.

You are an idiot. How about YOU dont call the police when you need help and lets see how that works for you.


Unreal: Posted: February 3, 2014 7:32 a.m.

ricketzz: I bet that is what the parents of the kid who was killed by cops a couple weeks ago feel. They called the police about there son who was unruly at home and even though not armed, very small in size, and mentally unstable one cop shot him while others were struggling with holding him down. I believe he is quoted with saying "we don't have time for this".


17trillion: Posted: February 3, 2014 8:25 a.m.

Boy Ricketzz, that was pretty low even by your normally low standards. I too questioned killing the guy, but that doesn't mean all cops are murderers and that they don't serve society greatly.

Sheesh....


ginabeena: Posted: February 3, 2014 8:28 a.m.

ten or more against one without a gun? If they don't like to deal with irrational people they shouldn't be cops.They need to have a little more understanding and compassion for the people who don't fit their description of "citizens" of the community. That's their job, that's why they get so much training and get so buffed up for.Anyone can fire a gun its easy.


michael: Posted: February 3, 2014 8:56 a.m.

An unnecessary death. Hopefully this death well lead to changes in how the cops handle these kinds on incidents. I was not that long ago an Orange County man with mental problems was beaten to death by cops.


kimanthac: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:01 a.m.

Again ginabeena? wasn't your stupid comment on the other article enough? This guy lunged at cops with a deadly weapon, case closed. They did what they were supposed to do. I guess maybe if the guy had killed a cop, then you would all think that would be the better scenario. Yes, that makes much more sense. Hell maybe he should have killed innocent people too. Then maybe he could live in your house with your family.


michael: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:11 a.m.

Good point, the next time I read a resident shoots and kills another resident for lunging with a knife, it's case closed. No critical review! No trial period! This man did not need to die. Those that believe he did deserve to die need to search their soul.


Unreal: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:12 a.m.

I don't know whether what happened in this case was justified or not, but I do know that ricketzz: makes a valid point as far as I am concerned. Don't call the police unless you are in danger or to report a theft because violence when police are involved can and does happen whether justified or not.


Unreal: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:15 a.m.

Any more info on the man killed other than his name? How about a little investigative reporting Signal? I mean it has been several days now.
Where did he live? Was he married? Did he have a history of drugs or mental issues? What do his neighbors say about him?


scvforall: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:16 a.m.

Since we weren't at the scene, and the videos are not 360 degrees, we can not speak with enough knowledge to determine if what they did was right or wrong.

All I know is that if someone irrational with a spear lunged at my car, I would have hoped for the help of the police, at any cost.

Those men and women put their lives on the line to protect ours, and yes..they make the career choice to do so. For that I am grateful.

If they hadn't shot, they would have taken heat for not being assertive enough.


michael: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:22 a.m.

Was you car damaged?


Unreal: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:25 a.m.

scvforall: I don't think if they had subdued the guy and taken him into custody there would have been an outcry for not shooting him. Then they would have had well deserved praise for putting themselves on the line to keep him from hurting others or himself.


jaybird450: Posted: February 3, 2014 12:17 p.m.

Such ignorance of people. Sad to say I live in the same valley with them but all I can say is that regardless of whose wrong or right, there is absoulty NO reason this man should be dead. period. Could have been handled many different ways but of course good ol' santa clarita handles it "THEIR" way. and mind you, not all cops are "bad", but in our lovely "awesometown" we wouldnt want such negative attention brought to us little do some realize something like this, bring even more. Just had to say this espcially after reading alot of users comments about this. Majortiy of you make me laugh and sick all at once. just had to get this off my chest.


wolfslolo: Posted: February 3, 2014 2:16 p.m.

Did you all miss the part where they shot him once and it didn't phase him at all?! Then when he came at them the 2nd time with a knife is when they fired again, multiple times and killed him. You all can judge not being there and never being in a situation like that. Yes, they do get training but they are still human. The guy had 2 weapons, was in the middle of traffic, trying to attack people. If he had hurt or killed someone innocent everyone would be asking why didn't they shoot him? They had no idea what this guy was capable of or what he was going to do next. And after shooting once with NO reaction...shooting him obviously seemed the best option for public safety. There are many bad cops and there are many good cops. Don't put them all in one basket.


DMeyer: Posted: February 3, 2014 2:17 p.m.

The arm chair quarterbacks are back out.

Pathetic losers.


17trillion: Posted: February 3, 2014 2:40 p.m.

Stop calling yourself a loser DM. We don't think you're a loser just because you're being an armchair quarterback. I'm sure you weren't there to witness this event and I'm sure you're opinions, armchair quarterbacking if you will, are just as valid as anyone else's. We all know that the only way to stop this obviously sick guy was to have 10 cops put 10 rounds into him because he was aiming a gun....errrrr......spear at them and acting "menacing". Thankfully our professional and well trained militia...errrrr....police, handled this so that the only logical outcome was the death of a person.

Frankly, there is only one loser in this story.


MarkElsebusch: Posted: February 3, 2014 3:32 p.m.

My job requires that I am on the streets of the SCV all night, every night for the last ten years. I have had many interactions with the local deputies and CHP officers, sometimes in very violent situations. Rarely have I witnessed the cops make a rash decision in those tense moments. It is only these dramatic scenes that make the news. The multitude of times when the deputies successfully defuse the situation - do not make the news. My initial thought was this man did not need to die. However, I DO know that our local law enforcement professionals do not want bloodshed! Citizens and reporters - be vigilant overseers as the investigation sorts this out.


DMeyer: Posted: February 3, 2014 3:55 p.m.

@17trillion

I only called those who "think" they could do a better job than the deputies pathetic losers. I do not presume to know police procedure, police tactics and how to deal with armed dangerous individuals better than they (deputies) do. And I especially wouldn't do so from the safety and comfort of my home. That would be the definition of an arm chair quarterback. Pretending that you know more than the cops do about doing cop stuff is rather pathetic. Either join up and show them the right way to do it, or shut up and stay out of the way.


EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 3, 2014 5:10 p.m.

17trillion: Well, you have been given the good word. Never question anything, keep your head down and assume everything you are told is the truth. Cops NEVER lie, they are ALWAYS right. And here is a link that proves how wonderful some of our police officers are... see if you can make it through the whole thing.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=739443849401345


michael: Posted: February 3, 2014 5:17 p.m.

What is pathetic here is that some find it very easy to defend the killing of a man that was clearly troubled. Even if the defense has to hype what facts are known to support their position. Some seem to suggest this evil man hit a PT cruiser with a razor sharp spear and lunged at a cop with a 12 inch Bowie, and for that he is shot 10 times and killed. Shot 10 times and killed in the only known here. The truth about the spear and the knife are not known.


DMeyer: Posted: February 3, 2014 6:47 p.m.

@michael

Defense is an interesting word that you used. Like self defense? That God given right that every person is entitled to? That thing the cops used when the deranged suspect charged toward them armed with a knife, even after already being shot.

You would agree that the cops have that right also, wouldn't you? Or should they just get stabbed and maybe even killed by a psychotic person who is running through the streets nearly naked while armed with a spear and a knife?

Never mind, we know, in your world you'd much rather have a cop get killed than a perp. Too bad it didn't work out for you and the rest of the cop haters.


DMeyer: Posted: February 3, 2014 6:51 p.m.

"The truth about the spear and the knife are not known."

Ok michael, once the investigation does conclude that the perp did have a spear and a knife does that mean that this was a justifiable action by the deputies?

I'll submit that if the perp did not have those weapons then the deputies would be in the wrong. What say you???


ohhyaa: Posted: February 3, 2014 6:59 p.m.

Ricketzz, even you 'gotta know your post was dumb. Quit playing and man up and admit the cops were justified in using deadly force in this instance.


DMeyer: Posted: February 3, 2014 7:08 p.m.

@Egbert

Re your "Cops NEVER lie" post on this thread.

Are you saying the cops lied here? What did they lie about?

Or is just another of your anti police rants? We already know you're a cop hater, this is the wrong case to cry and complain about, the cops were clearly in the right.

Wait until there is a controversial incident to go on your anti police rants, then you'll have a little more credibility and substance to your rage filled remarks.


DMeyer: Posted: February 3, 2014 7:10 p.m.

Sorry Egbert I forgot to point out that your Cops NEVER lie comment was filled with sarcasm.


michael: Posted: February 3, 2014 7:31 p.m.

@dmyers: once again I am not a cop hater. What I hate is that the cops felt the only way to manage this situation was to kill a man that seemed to be suffering from a mental condition. This has happened more than once in our society. The action that cops take deserve to be reviewed with a critical eye. They do not deserve to be put on a pedestal and given a pass just because they wear a badge.


DMeyer: Posted: February 3, 2014 7:52 p.m.

@michael

You said the cops "kill a man that seemed to be suffering from a mental condition"

But michael you conveniently left out the part about the man with mental condition charging at the deputies with a spear and a knife.

If a crazed man with nearly no clothes on came charging after you with a knife and a spear what would you do?

Our law enforcement folks are trained to meet that type of threat with deadly force, why would you want to take away their ability to protect themselves and others from threats like that?


michael: Posted: February 3, 2014 8:30 p.m.

I did not conveniently leave out anything. I am trying not to recycle the obvious. Perhaps their training is inefficient and ineffective. What would I do? I know what I would not do and that his kill the man like I would a black widow spider crawling on my daughters bed.


DMeyer: Posted: February 3, 2014 8:58 p.m.

Have you ever had another person try to take your life? Or the life of your daughter?




michael: Posted: February 4, 2014 9:09 p.m.

Yes! You?


DMeyer: Posted: February 4, 2014 9:25 p.m.

The black widow doesn't count.

Here's a novel idea for you,...if a maniac ever decided to go after your daughter with a knife in his hands and by chance you just happen to be there with a .45 caliber semi auto pistol in one hand and a taser in the other hand make sure you use the taser. After all, you wouldn't want to kill that man for attacking your daughter, would you?


michael: Posted: February 4, 2014 9:36 p.m.

dmeyers Your novel idea has a completely different story line than that that was written the night the man was killed by the highly trained and physically fit cops.


Angelaing: Posted: February 4, 2014 12:09 a.m.

After reading about the unarmed little boy who was shot by the police and other similar instances of shootings by policeman over the years it's hard not to question the actions by 10 policemen shooting one man with a knife and a spear. But the way I was told the story with more details then what I read from up above, the police actually may have been justified. In this situation, the way I was told the story, the man actually might have seriously injured or possibly even killed one of the police or citizen had they not shot to kill him after the first gunshot didn't slow him down and the his proximity was fairly close. I wasn't there, I'm only saying I think it APPEARS they were justified to kill him.

I'm not going into details about the way I was told the story, my point is that Michael is expressing his opinion and is probably more aware of these "questionable" or even "unjustified" killings by the police than some of the other readers and this is a forum we exchange opinions and ideas and can learn from one another. It's unnecessary to bash Michael and call him a cop hater for expressing his opinion.


ricketzz: Posted: February 4, 2014 6:52 a.m.

"Justified"? What does that word mean?

Cops are killing mentally ill people in great numbers lately. They are killing deaf people for ignoring orders shouted at them. They shoot little kid sized people they already have subdued (see above).

Cops are not the friendly beat policemen of the movies. They are soldiers and we are the hostile insurgents. Shoot first, "justify" later.


ohhyaa: Posted: February 4, 2014 7:35 a.m.

Ricketzz, "justified" in this case means the suspect made a prompt response to the LE command "cease and stop" with "I won't stop and you won't take me". The cell phone video then shows Petersen run at a car and swing his weapon at an unarmed, uninvolved female commuter. Too bad the video doesnt show how LE used a taser to stop him, and then a single bullet, all with no affect.

Not all cops are Cicinelli and Ramos ( oh by the way it was LE that pursued his prosecution). Question, don't hate.



ohhyaa: Posted: February 4, 2014 7:39 a.m.

@ Egbert. You're vacillating again.


bedlam: Posted: February 4, 2014 7:41 a.m.

I think we need to hear a comment from panzerman


17trillion: Posted: February 4, 2014 8:07 a.m.

"I do not presume to know police procedure, police tactics and how to deal with armed dangerous individuals better than they (deputies) do."

Then why the blanket support of what they did. You accuse others of being a loser for doing exactly what you are doing.

"Pretending that you know more than the cops do about doing cop stuff is rather pathetic."

Who said that? Am I not allowed to question the death of a man at the hands of 10 cops?

"Either join up and show them the right way to do it, or shut up and stay out of the way."

Talk about being a loser. I'm not allowed to speak? Have an opinion? You're pathetic DM. I DON'T have to join up since I pay their salaries. They report to the taxpayers in theory and I don't have to shut up.

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!


17trillion: Posted: February 4, 2014 8:09 a.m.

"Have you ever had another person try to take your life? Or the life of your daughter?"

Have you ever seen a grown man naked? Have you ever seen a gladiator movie?

My questions are a 100 times more relevant then your idiotic ones.


EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 4, 2014 11:42 a.m.

ohhyaa: I'm not vacillating at all! Let me make my point ONE more time. If the details of the updated article were accurate, I feel the deputies were justified to shoot... especially if he charged them. The problem I have on this board is the intolerance to question anything! This "blind devotion" to law enforcement (or anything else for that matter) makes me sick. The people that say we should just take law enforcement at their word are ridiculous. Hence the link I posted above. Police are people like the rest of us... some honest... some not so much. THAT'S MY POINT. According to some on this board, to disagree or to question makes me a "cop hater." How pigheaded is that?


17trillion: Posted: February 4, 2014 12:09 p.m.

5 stars for your last post Egbert. We don't often agree, but on this I'm a 100% behind you!

"Cop hater?" How totally ignorant!


EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 4, 2014 12:23 p.m.

17trillion: Thanks. We do butt heads from time to time, but you would be surprised how much our core philosophies are actually in line... basically an aversion to sticking our heads in the sand. Why SHOULDN'T people question tactics and policies? It's called America.


17trillion: Posted: February 4, 2014 12:39 p.m.

Because if we do, then we hate cops. We forfeit our ability to call one when in need and we have no right to voice our opinion. We should just shut up or put on a badge. Everyone knows cops are never wrong and never make mistakes or break the law under color of authority. Why question even when 10 cops shoot someone 10 times? Sounds perfectly reasonable to me since he had a machine gun. Was it a machine gun? Ooops, he had a spear! Gasp....

Once upon a time it was patriotic to question authority, now we're told we're unpatriotic for even having a question and we're reduced to "have you ever had someone try to take your life?".


ohhyaa: Posted: February 4, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Egbert and 17T why don't you just exchange phone numbers. No one cares to read about your on again off again on-line romance.




EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 4, 2014 5:12 p.m.

ohhyaa: Why don't you get under the covers with your copy of Police Digest and get busy? Fun with friction.


DMeyer: Posted: February 4, 2014 5:27 p.m.

@17

"Then why the blanket support of what they did. You accuse others of being a loser for doing exactly what you are doing."

Wrong again little buddy, I already posted that if the perp did not have a spear and a knife then the deputies would have been in the wrong.

But that doesn't apply to this situation does it? Interesting that you are not "questioning" the actions of the perp, only the actions of the cops.......that's the telltale sign of a cop hater. You're definitely not a perp hater.


""Pretending that you know more than the cops do about doing cop stuff is rather pathetic.""

Who said that? Am I not allowed to question the death of a man at the hands of 10 cops?

Again, tell us the correct procedure that police officers are taught when dealing with armed dangerous persons. You must have a better way to deal with this type of confrontation, don't you? Please share your wisdom and vast experience when it comes to taking down a man charging in your direction with a knife and a spear.


"Talk about being a loser. I'm not allowed to speak? Have an opinion? You're pathetic DM. I DON'T have to join up since I pay their salaries. They report to the taxpayers in theory and I don't have to shut up."

Yes please share your opinion, now that you've made it clear that you are the boss of the deputies since you are the one who pays them. Tell us what your subordinates did wrong and how you would have handled it.


ohhyaa: Posted: February 4, 2014 5:54 p.m.

I must have missed something from the original article. Where was is reported that 10 cops shot this guy 10 times? Oops it wasn't. Gasp... My bad.


ricketzz: Posted: February 5, 2014 6:39 a.m.

If you want sympathy from your employers (me and others) show us the deadly weapon that threatened the mighty county storm troopers. Show us how the victim was unbelievably quick and graceful as he mesmerized you with his deft moves. Didn't happen. You toy for a while, you look at each other and agree the justification exists then bam-bam-bam, a few weeks off with pay.

The DHS is encouraging police to be brutal, as they fear a civil uprising is in the works. The next pipe wielding mental patient could be a Kyda with an Anthrax Cannon. Can't be too careful.

Didn't you guys used to have nets for crazy people? No fun, compared to plugging someone full of holes, I know, but a lot less shocking to the civilians.


ricketzz: Posted: February 5, 2014 6:41 a.m.

And please look at the long movie of the homeless man being strangled by a bunch of fat cops down in Orange County. Tell me that too was "justified".


ohhyaa: Posted: February 5, 2014 7:22 a.m.

I have no desire to watch your suggested long movie, but I would love to see you in a net.


DMeyer: Posted: February 5, 2014 7:39 a.m.

ricketzz needs help, or maybe another occupoop movement so he can and the other paranoid conspiracy theorists can continue to convince themselves that they "really know" what is going on.


17trillion: Posted: February 5, 2014 8:06 a.m.

Ohhyaa, are you in 8th grade or something?

DM, I'll not try to convince you further. You make accusations directed at me, I deny them but you don't buy it and continue. To further any dialogue with you would be a waste of time and illogical.



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