VIDEO: San Diego Cop Delivers Shotgun Blast To Face, Rescues Hostage

A San Diego cop delivered a fatal shotgun blast to the face of a man who had taken his ex-wife hostage.

San Diego, CA – Police released helicopter and bodycam footage of a San Diego officer blasting a hostage taker with his shotgun to rescue a victim (video below).

Police said that Juan Carlos Fernandez, 22, opened fire on several members of his former wife’s family in the courtyard of their apartment building in City Heights on Nov. 13, 2016.

Officers responded to a call for a domestic disturbance at about 9:15 p.m., after two men got into a fistfight, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Witnesses told police that an enraged Fernandez went to his car and got a weapon, and then chased the man he had just fought with down the street with his gun.

Afterwards, he returned to the apartment complex and shot four people – his former wife, her parents, and her grandfather – and then grabbed his ex-wife by the hair and dragged her toward the street.

A police helicopter with night vision arrived above the scene first, and those pilots were able to inform the patrol officers of what was happening before they arrived.

Responding officers found Fernandez holding his wounded ex-wife in a headlock, as he dragged her towards his car, KSWB reported.

Patrol officers repeatedly commanded Fernandez to let go of his hostage, and get on the ground, but he ignored them, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

A 12-year-veteran of the police force took one shot at Fernandez with a shotgun, and killed him.

In the videos, Fernandez can be seen dragging his hostage to the ground with him as he fell. But she quickly extricated herself from his fallen form, and ran to the officers.

“The officers were faced with a conflict situation with an armed suspect who had already shot multiple victims and who had taken a victim hostage,” San Diego Police Captain Brain Ahearn said. “We do train for this, and we hope for a peaceful resolution. But there are times when the officers are left with no choice but to use deadly force. This was one of those occasions.”

Of the four family members Fernandez shot during his spree, only his former wife survived.

Watch video of the police officer saving the hostage with one shot below:

well lets see 2 different situations and funny whe 3 congressional medal of honor winners say that it would be wrong to run in to an unkown situation with unknown assailants in unknown locations say the cop runs in blindly pow shot in the head now the gunman has a dead cop body armor and another gun police radio and ammo . this situation had less variables a known assailant a known location. try letting that sink in


Police tactics on active shooters have changed nationwide since Columbine, we have been trained to address the problem quickly, Sometimes you have to sack up and do your job.


Outstanding job Officer!

I used to teach that technique when I was still policing. I learned it during one of the many firearms classes I took, although I encouraged patterning a shotgun with a specific lot number of ammo, and, when that ammo was gone, re-patterning it with the new ammunition. The problem is that the wad can go in strange directions, and can be lethal.

true but you need to consider dept training and procedure and common sense you dont clear a building by your self when there are un known armed intruders so you sack up go in on your own you get shot your gun body armor and radio are taken now does that make the job of responding officers easier or harder

Not every death is a tragedy. The suspect always dictates the level of force used against him by his level of resistance. Officers are bound by duty to use that force necessary to affect an arrest up to and including deadly force. This officer did an outstanding job. I'm very proud of him. Other officers who may be critical are generally the same officers who don't have the guts to engage in any physical altercation.

@Addacid you sound like a lil bitch. Do you even lift bro?

@Addacid you living up to your name there??? Try opiates.