A Vietnamese-American man trying to get the police to kill him failed and was taken into custody and handed to a hospital for evaluation.
The man, 22-year-old Norris Phuoc Nguyen of Westminster, dressed in jungle fatigues, was spotted walking around 13th Street near the civic center. armed with a rifle. People saw him and called the police.
By the time the police went out to check, the man had arrived at the police station. He tried to open the front door, but the doors to the lobby are locked at 5pm, said police Cpl. Van Woodson in a press release.
From inside, the officer on duty saw the man on the surveillance cameras, and told his colleagues on the outside.
As police went around, the man then “took up a position of concealment.”
Officers persuaded Nguyen to drop his rifle and surrender. “There was no struggle with the subject, no shots were fired, and no one was injured,” the WPD said. The man said he wanted to get himself killed by the officers in a suicide-by-cop scenario.
The WPD credits the officers’ training and tactics for avoiding bloodshed in the case.