Bodycam Shows Bellingham, WA. Police Officer SHOOT Man Armed With KNIFE Multiple Times!


Bellingham Police have released the name of the suspect who died at the scene of a police shooting. In a BPD press release, the suspect has been identified as Manuel Gonzalez, 28. On Sunday, March 12, Gonzalez stabbed a man, age 20, in the neck during an altercation in the 100 block of E. Holly Street. Gonzalez then fled the scene on foot, while witnesses gave chase. Gonzalez ran to the 1400 block of Railroad Avenue where a second confrontation between witnesses and Gonzalez was ongoing.

Police said that officer Jeremiah Leland came to the scene and ordered Gonzalez to drop his knife. Police said Gonzalez failed to drop the knife and advanced toward Leland, prompting Leland to shoot him. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene. An initial autopsy of Gonzalez determined he bled to death from a gunshot wound to the neck. Police said Gonzalez had a history of minor criminal offenses. The 20-year-old man who was stabbed remains in serious condition at a local hospital. Leland has been an officer with the Bellingham Police Department for three years, police said. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation into the shooting.

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  • JEBB & BECKY

    Dam stabbed someone in the neck,and died from a bullet to the neck.

  • yahmensah

    this nigga just took 3 shots to the sternum and 1 to the neck and he talking bout put your hands out like an airplane i dont think so buddy

  • Bolo Yeung

    Rest in piss spic bag

  • Cipher

    blam blam blam ‘we just want to help you’…

  • MR.PRESIDENT

    Put your hands out like an airplane Wtf?????? Airplanes don’t have hands

  • Metatrons Cube

    Full circle

  • Metatrons Cube

    How about a shot to the knee or shin or foot or a couple in the thigh, why vital areas? (I understand there are arteries in the thigh and those are vital). He only had a knife though.

    Then again he just stabbed someone in the neck, but who knows maybe that was justified. Would that cop have known? Too many questions. The world is fucked.

  • Aeirs One

    Just shut the fuck up man.
    It’s harder to hit those areas for one.
    For two, don’t charge a cop with a knife in hand.
    As a resident of Washington, I would’ve shot someone charging me with a knife too.

  • Aeirs One

    Deserved it.

  • MR M.O.M

    You see how many bystanders are in that area? You hit one of them trying to shoot for a leg or arm and see if you don’t get charged and/or sued. “He only had a knife”, a knife is a deadly weapon. The cop matched force. A better question to ask is why didn’t the MF just put it down. Can’t blame the cops for reacting the way that they do in these situations. Can’t feel bad for a MF that decides to charge a cop after stabbing someone in the neck

  • Metatrons Cube

    A few things I personally see wrong with your logic on this one, to your credit you’re usually spot on with this stuff though. In this case, not sure about that state, but in MN this is not considered matched force to a citizen. We are allowed to only use the same force thats being used. Ie if the assailant had a knife, you can use one to defend yourself, you wouldn’t be able to grab a gun. Same thing if they enter your house here, if you have an exit that you can get to that must be your first action, it cant be to shoot and defend your home. I know that’s a little different for scenarios but I’m trying to show its not matched force. Secondly, the officer is within 10 feet of the criminal, he has marksman training, he is supposed to be the sane thinker in this scenario, and he could have taken a few steps back to rationally attempt to deescalate the situation or to lure the suspect away from others and then at the least when you have drawn him in, shoot him low to stop him. If that didn’t work or he wasn’t falling for the bait then pop him where ever to neutralize the threat. Dont make death your first choice is what I’m getting at. So many other options.

  • Metatrons Cube

    One, they are trained marksman.
    Two, the cop is the sane trained one dealing with the mentally unstable.
    Three, don’t walk directly up to the guy with a knife, give him room for the situation to breathe out a bit.
    Four, as a last resort, shoot where necessary when all other options have been exhausted.

  • MR M.O.M

    No that’s wrong. A knife is a lethal weapon, a gun is a lethal weapon. It doesn’t no say if a person has a knife you have to counter that with a knife. If they’re coming at you with a knife (lethal weapon, lethal force against you) , you match force (if you have a gun, you use it). If a civilian is in a duty to retreat state, they have to find a way out before using deadly force. I live in a stand your ground state, I don’t have to retreat. In this case the cop didn’t have to retreat. A cops job is to neutralize the threat. They can’t let this guy do what he wants to do when he already caused serious bodily harm to someone. Dude already used lethal force against a bystander. He was coming at the cop. From that distance, it would’ve taken less than a second for him to close that distance between him and the cop. There’s no such thing as shooting low. You’ve been watching too many movies my friend. They shoot center mass because it’s the bigger target is located and that’s the bigger target. The intent is not to kill, that’s the consequence. The intent is to stop the threat. Again, this is another textbook shoot. Again, you match force with said force. Knife = deadly weapon, you use deadly force (i.e. Your pistol if you have one). I mean by your logic, what if someone’s coming at you with a knife and you don’t have a knife? Then what? You’re supposed to keep running back until they close the distance? Don’t say tase them because it most likely wouldn’t have worked in this case seeing that dude had all of that shit on.

  • Metatrons Cube

    Like i said, don’t get so close then and force the hand. Try other options first. I’m sure other people on the scene would have seen the knife and gave him room for the officer to deescalate the threat in a non lethal matter. I like that you said the intent was not to kill, that was the consequence. But that was the consequence of both parties actions. Try a different action and potentially have a different result, i get that goes for the perp too but he’s clearly unstable and the officer probably has a better head on his shoulders. We need to start appreciating life and each other as a whole a little more.

  • MR M.O.M

    Don’t get so close? He was coming at the cop. They have to protect everyone in the immediate area also. The point is that you don’t use nonlethal in a situation where there’s a lethal weapon. I’m not sure what other actions you would try to peruse, but this cop did the right thing. If the perp valued life, he wouldn’t have produced a knife and stabbed someone from jump. No I could see if the guy stopped and put his hands up (with knife still in hand), but he was coming at the cop. Cop started walking backwards (which is not good because if he trips over something, he’s fucked). He told the guy to stop, he didn’t. He had no other option but to shoot. Like I said about intent, if the officer’s intent was to kill the guy, he would’ve emptied the magazine, loaded another one and emptied that one too. He took about three shots and stopped when the guy hit the ground. That’s standard. It don’t get anymore standard than that.

  • Metatrons Cube

    We’ll have to agree to disagree my friend. I appreciate your logic though as always, I think my heart steers my logic a little too much at times. Dude stabbed someone in the neck and I’m trying to be empathetic to him, maybe there is something wrong with me haha.

  • MR M.O.M

    No problem brother. You can’t let your heart steer you when it’s a potentially deadly situation. I been to combat, situations like that, you can’t have a heart. You gotta do what you gotta do if you value your life. If they put you in that situation where you have to choose, they don’t value it. That’s the underlying thing here that goes unnoticed by the folks with your way of thinking.

  • Metatrons Cube

    Makes complete sense. I’ve never been in a situation even close to this so I only go off what I know. Ignorance at it’s finest.

  • MR M.O.M

    Just snatch up some material on self defense. Take a course. I encourage everyone to do it. Once you do that, hit the shooting range and train yourself to use muscle memory. What that does is get you to react in a situation the way you’re trained to without having to think. Thinking can cause you to hesitate. Hesitation can get you seriously hurt or killed.

  • Metatrons Cube

    Droppin more knowledge on me, I dig it. Just checked Groupon and they have some conceal carry classes for the cheap cheap. I’ll check it out, wouldn’t hurt to educate myself at the least. Maybe my gym offers a martial arts defence class, I’ll check into that as well.

  • MR M.O.M

    Oh definitely. Also know what the law says in conjunction to your training. That way you ever have to protect yourself, you’ll be ok. It’s better to know it and bot have to use it than to not know it and get caught up and needing it.

  • Metatrons Cube

    Always been a saying of mine, its better to have and not need then to need and not have.

  • MR M.O.M

    Yessir.

  • MR M.O.M

    Just saw this comment and had to reply lol, it’s hard for a trained marksman to hit any moving limbs successfully without putting bystanders or property in danger. That’s why they shoot center mass.

    Two, they don’t give a shit if he’s mentally unstable. That’s irrelevant when a person is coming at you with a weapon. If someone come at you with a weapon, you think you’d care about what’s going on with them? Most likely, no.

    Three, he didn’t walk directly up to the guy, the guy started walking towards him. He drew his pistol and told him to stop.

    Four, he aimed where he was supposed to aim. Even hitting center mass can be hard to do when it’s a high stress situation with adrenaline flowing and someone is coming at you. That’s the reason why they shoot center mass. If you go to a range and get a silhouette, you’d notice the silhouette has no arms or legs. There’s a reason for that.

  • Metatrons Cube

    I honestly probably would stop and ask them what’s going on, I’m an empath so it’s in my nature, probably would get stabbed too haha. In all seriousness though you eluded to a good point. The training is done on the mass being the target, why not adjust that and train them on smaller moving targets for close range like below the waste? Problem, solution. Also, I get every situation is different, it seemed like in this one he drove right up to the guy and didnt give himself much space. He could have attempted to move behind the car as a barrier between the two to give time for the perpetrator to calm down or possibly see reason. I just watched a video on one of these sites where the officer used his car between him and a gun wielding guy and then as the last resort he made his shots. He took the time though to protect himself because of how he approached the scene and then also attempted to deescalate the situation before taking the final measures of shooting the guy with a gun. This situation was a knife. I think this comes down to poor or lack of training.

  • Trillsterzđź”´đź”´

    How the in the FUCK can u be scared of someone wit a knife that far away, and u got a fuckin gun, FUCK THA POLICE, FUCK U WHITE HOeS

  • Trillsterzđź”´đź”´

    Ok cops got legs just like mf bystanders

  • Ivan

    He came towards the cop did you not see the damn video?

  • Ivan

    Your way of thinking is blurred to say the least. The man came at the cop so they are trained to stop the threat. Two to the middle(body)and one up top(head)

  • MR M.O.M

    They do, but what does that to do with what I said

  • Aeirs One

    You have no authority here. Cops are just doing there job. TBH there life’s are more important than the crazy guy with a knife.

  • Metatrons Cube

    That’s certainly your perception. Police need much better situational training. That’s pretty evident.