[UPDATED with I.D.:] Cop Fatally Shoots Man Wielding a Knife and Bible in Anaheim Police Parking Lot: Report

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UPDATE, JAN. 25, 8:50 A.M.: Apologies for catching up on some updates I missed due to being out sick the weekend through Monday and having no time to get to them until now, but the man shot and killed by a cop in the parking lot of the Anaheim Police east station last week has been identified as Roscoe Cambridge.

The Anaheim 29-year-old was carrying a large kitchen knife and bible when he approached a police sergeant working on the computer in his service vehicle, according to authorities.

If a motive for the confrontation is known, it has not been divulged.

ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 19, 6:04 P.M.: A police officer reportedly shot and killed a man with a knife in the parking lot of an Anaheim police station this afternoon.

Details are sketchy, but at 1:15 p.m. an unidentified officer radioed to dispatch that he had been involved in a shooting at the east station, 8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road. The dead man also has not been identified.

A knife and bible were found near his body, the Orange County Register reports.

The cop wasn't hurt.

As is routine in police shootings, the Orange County District Attorney's office is investigating.

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Jn Brown
Jn Brown

another police killing for Rawcockus to sweep away.

mitch young
mitch young

That's a pretty good mugshot for a dead guy.

Guest
Guest

A knife can't hurt anyone. Just ask Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Ron and Nicole were ambushed and overpowered by a much stronger attacker...how can you even make a comparison between those two scenarios? Besides, having a knife and waving it around isn't the same as actually trying to use it. No one is saying a knife isn't a deadly weapon, but the policeman had many options in subduing Roscoe Cambridge and still chose deadly force.

Guest
Guest

You're right. What was I thinking. The policeman knew all along what this guy's intentions were. And, the policman didn't feel threatened at all because, after all, this happens to him everyday. Well, maybe all of them don't have bibles.

FWB, I think you are a little off on this one. The question you should probably ask yourself is, would you take a chance on some of those other non-lethal options working? Answer honestly. Personally, I would use the same force the policeman used.

MisterX
MisterX

Yes.  Especially in Anaheim.

Guest
Guest

Sorry. You are right, I was a little harsh without meaning to. I got it that you weren't really blaming the cop. It just seems like a lot of people think there should have been time to react and there probably wasn't.

909Jeff
909Jeff

You mean how I wrote...

 "Of course I wont pile on the cop for defending himself, he has the right to do so, and we dont know in what manner the guy approached the cop or anyone else with the weapon in his hand."

Just like that?  

Guest
Guest

You make it sound like the cop wanted to shoot this guy. Do you really think most cops are just looking for an opportunity to shoot people? Really? I think there are just too many unknows about this specific case to really speculate what happened.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Nah, I'd have to agree with my home girl Fish... Its just a knife, why couldn't they have tazed him? Or pepper spray?  This guy doesn't look like or sound like he was a very imposing person.  Of course I wont pile on the cop for defending himself he has the right to do so and we dont know in what manner the guy approached the cop or anyone else with the weapon in his hand.  But at the end of the day I think a dude with a knife could have been subdued without getting shot.  Thats my opinion.

Guest
Guest

You're right. What was I thinking. The policeman knew all along what this guy's intentions were. And, the policman didn't feel threatened at all because, after all, this happens to him everyday. Well, maybe all of them don't have bibles.

FWB, I think you are a little off on this one. The question you should probably ask yourself is, would you take a chance on some of those other non-lethal options working? Answer honestly. Personally, I would use the same force the policeman used.

MisterX
MisterX

um, because we pay him to protect us, not shoot people whenever he feels a teensy weensy little bit threatened?

Guest
Guest

Well, let's assume the policeman fell back on his training. He would have instructed the guy several times to put the knife down. If the guy doesn't put the knife down and keeps approaching, why should the policeman have to take a chance on using something that might not work? It sounds to me more like this guy had a death wish, and he got it. What if that is what the guy wanted all along? It's not all that uncommon.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

You make a good point...I don't know what Mr. Cambridge ultimately intended to do...but no one ever will because he's dead. I'm still flabbergasted an officer of the law was unable to disarm a suspect brandishing a knife without killing him. Now if the guy actually charged at the policeman leaving the officer no choice but to shoot him that's a different animal...but if he had time why not try the beanbags or rubber bullets?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

You make a good point...I don't know what Mr. Cambridge ultimately intended to do...but no one ever will because he's dead. I'm still flabbergasted an officer of the law was unable to disarm a suspect brandishing a knife without killing him. Now if the guy actually charged at the policeman leaving the officer no choice but to shoot him that's a different animal...but if he had time why not try the beanbags or rubber bullets?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

You make a good point...I don't know what Mr. Cambridge ultimately intended to do...but no one ever will because he's dead. I'm still flabbergasted an officer of the law was unable to disarm a suspect brandishing a knife without killing him. Now if the guy actually charged at the policeman leaving the officer no choice but to shoot him that's a different animal...but if he had time why not try the beanbags or rubber bullets?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

He looks like he's just a kid...but he's only 4 years younger than I. :-(

Risinwind70
Risinwind70

You can bet your bottom that DA Rauckaukus will say this killing is justified, no matter what the facts are.

Stopcop71
Stopcop71

Join us .... protest the Anaheim Pds use of excessive lethal force.. every Sunday @ 425 s harbor blvd, Anaheim California.2pm -4pm. join the family and friends of the many victims of these trigger happy cops...lets make change happen!!!!

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

A guy with a knife is not a threat, when he is facing a cup.However every sociopath in uniform is a threat to our society, and he will getaway with murder.   

mitch young
mitch young

"A guy with a knife is not a threat, when he is facing a cup."

But when he is facing a mug...look out!

mitch young
mitch young

"A guy with a knife is not a threat, when he is facing a cup."

But when he is facing a mug...look out!

Roy B
Roy B

Is it just me or does everyone else in the county feel UNsafe when cops are around? Gosh, seems like cops really try to avoid shooting people in other places. Around here, seems like they kill a guy and immediately collect valuable cash prizes!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Don't the police have access to a plethora of non-lethal methods to subdue suspects? What about MACE/pepper spray? A tazer? Bean-bags or rubber bullets? The guy was brandishing a KNIFE for pete's sake.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Typical liberal answer.  The cop was typing on his 'puter when he saw a Jesus freak coming at him with a knife.  Seriously, I would have immediately used the shotgun on his face and let god worry about it.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Liberal? Hell, I thought I was just showing a little compassion...

909Jeff
909Jeff

Is this a domestic dispute?

You owe me money!
You owe me money!

Orange county cops do nothing but hand out BS tickets to soccer moms, sit on their fat lazy asses oh yeah and take shots at the mentally ill when they feel "threatened".  They are not heroes people!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Maybe he was mad about MegaUpload being taken down.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Jesus made him do it. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

He was wielding a deadly weapon... The Bible! 

Pumpuy2010
Pumpuy2010

I was thinking the JW's were getting a bit more aggressive. 

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