Fearing for their lives, California deputies opened fire on a man who was recording them with a cell phone from the garage of his home Friday, claiming they thought it was a gun.
Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies then searched the man’s home, finding no guns, before they apologized and went on their way.
Fortunately, Danny Sanchez survived the shooting, ending up with only bullet fragments in his legs, which he was having removed through surgery on Friday.
And although deputies apologized to Sanchez, they are pretty much unapologetic for their actions because, you know, officer safety.
According to KCRA:
“I think it’s reasonable to think that the officers perceived an immediate threat either to themselves or continued threat to that individual,” said Sgt. Jason Ramos, of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department.
According to CBS Sacramento:
“He found himself in the midst of things and some of his actions were perceived to be threatening to law-enforcement officers,” Ramos said.
The incident took place in Rancho Cordova as Sacramento County deputies were arresting Sanchez’s next-door neighbor after a two-hour standoff.