California police body camera video shows fatal shooting of suspect in hostage situation at knifepoint


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California authorities’ CCTV confronting a suspect holding a hostage at knifepoint captured the moment a deputy shot him, allowing the hostage to break free.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office released police body camera and security footage from the Feb. 9 incident last week. Deputies in Oildale, just outside Bakersfield, were first called to respond to an incident in which a man allegedly assaulted a family member.

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He was also breaking windows, the sheriff’s office said. Another 911 call moments later asked deputies to respond to a case of someone with a hammer and knife.

The suspect, later identified as Deven Karl Moore, 25, allegedly attempted to cut a worker with the knife, according to the 911 call.

Responding deputies found Moore and followed him as he drove away down a dirt road and refused to stop. He then ran into a cabin where a man was, authorities said.

Security video from a camera inside the cabin apparently shows Moore taking a man hostage. No sound was available from the images. The two appear to be fighting over the weapon.

Body camera footage of Deputy Austin Burgess shows him arriving at the scene as other deputies are outside the shack.

“I’m going to (expletive) stab him,” Moore is heard saying, according to Burgess’ body camera.

Burgess then allegedly opened fire and two shots were heard. The hostage was taken outside safe and sound. Authorities said Moore died at the scene.

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Burgess has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Review Board determined the shooting was in accordance with department policy. The findings of the investigation have been submitted to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.


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