Man Shot Dead After Charging Police With Knife on California Roadway

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Crescent City, California — The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office (DNSO) has released the body-worn camera (BWC) footage of the officer-involved shooting of 38-year-old Robert Anderson.

The incident began at 2:45 p.m. on August 25, 2021 when the California Highway Patrol and the DNSO responded to a 911 call at Parkway Drive and Sherwood Lane in Del Norte County, California.

Deputies found a disabled vehicle that was blocking the roadway and Anderson holding a knife and walking in the traffic lanes.

Anderson initially dropped the knife but was shot by officers when he picked it up and lunged at them.

Officers performed first aid until Del Norte Ambulance arrived. Anderson’s gunshot wounds proved fatal. No officers or civilians were injured during the incident.

The shooting is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol’s Northern Division Critical Incident Investigation Team, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office and the California Attorney General’s Office.

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