Suspect killed after pulling gun on police, protests erupt at site shortly after
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.
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.
Black Lives Matter protesters are taking to the streets in San Bernardino because a cop shot an armed thug who was trying to shoot him. Here is the footage. pic.twitter.com/PpfpcTIJzq
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 24, 2020
Protesters numbering only a few dozen gathered at the scene in San Bernardino, although the protest was relatively short-lived.
SAN BERNARDINO: A BLM protester punches a Hispanic woman in the face and another BLM protester keys her car after BLM protesters shut down an intersection (baseline/waterman) pic.twitter.com/65HeNgRfua
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) October 24, 2020