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Suspect killed after pulling gun on police, protests erupt at site shortly after

Suspect killed after pulling gun on police, protests erupt at site shortly after

by Ryan MasonOctober 24, 2020

The incident began with a 911 call to police of a man jumping on cars at King Tut Liquors in the 200 block of West Base Line Street. Upon officer’s arrival on the scene, the suspect, identified as Mark Mathhew Bender Jr, who was a 35-year-old convicted felon with a 17-year criminal history that involves charges including attempted murder, theft, false imprisonment, and drug charges was non-compliant and despite officers’ orders, tried to enter the liquor store at 11:15 pm. The unidentified officer then attempted to prevent Bender, who at 6’3″ and over 300 pounds was substantially bigger than the officer from entering the liquor store.

The officer then went hands-on with Bender in an attempt to place him under arrest. The altercation was captured on video at the scene during the incident. In the video, the footage shows Bender initially taken to the ground by the officer in a prone position, at which time the suspect then reaches for a 9mm handgun from a holster on his right side, drawing the firearm, which the officer sees and immediately disengages from the suspect, drawing his own weapon and firing 4 shots at Bender as he turns, appearing to raise the weapon in the direction of the officer.

In this still shot captured from a video shot at the scene, the as-yet-unidentified officer is seen on top of the suspect as the suspect reaches for what appears to be a 9mm handgun from a holster concealed under his shirt in his waistband.

Suspect Bender is seen in this still shot with a 9mm handgun as he begins to turn toward the officer.

Bender continues to turn with the weapon in his hand as the unidentified officer draws and fires before the suspect can complete his turn to face the officer with the gun still in his hand.

Sgt. John Echevarria from the San Bernardino Police Department told reporters on the scene that the suspect was transported to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries. The suspect’s 9mm unregistered handgun was also recovered from the scene.

In an interview with a neighbor at the scene. CBS2 reporters spoke with John Anderson who came out in defense of the convicted felon, stating “You can’t justify a murder because he had a gun,” seemingly oblivious to the facts of the case, Anderson continued, “He had a gun, if he did, to protect themselves, probably from them. They’re the ones doing the damage, they’re the ones doing the hurt.”

See below for footage of the incident.

Protesters numbering only a few dozen gathered at the scene in San Bernardino, although the protest was relatively short-lived.


About The Author
Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason is a former police officer and the Editor in Chief of the Law Enforcement News Network. Ryan has been a writer, editor, and photojournalist over the last decade, providing content for over a dozen national and international publications in both law enforcement and aviation.
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7 months ago

These protesters wouldn’t be protesting if the suspect they’re defending was pointing that gun towards them. They’re nothing but a bunch of idiots that want to destroy, not work and rebel. Meanwhile, continue to receive money from the government and have the precious gift of freedom that they also disrespect!!

Alvaro Valencia
Alvaro Valencia
7 months ago

Why ( some ) stupid people do not understant HE WAS A FELON,CRIMINAL IN POSSESION OF A GUN !! He died the way he lived,,,HE CHOOSE TO DIE THAT WAY. He is not any innocent law abiding citizen,,,NOR A MARTIR. He disoveyed the lawful command of the police officer,,and HE HAD A REASON,,,,,,HE WAS ARMED !!!!…He could have easily killed the police officer..AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN RIGHT WITH THESE IDIOTS WHO DEFEND HIM. One LESS CRIMINAL TO WORRY ABOUT. HE IS GONE !!! HE WON’T HURT INNOCENT PEOPLE. GONE ! LIKE THE TRASH WE TROW IN THE DUMSTER. ….