SWAT officers shot and killed a man who had barricaded himself inside a Beaumont home after receiving a call of a domestic disturbance, officials said today.
Chandler Cardwell, 38, was killed in the confrontation, after, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department report, Beaumont police responded to a call from a woman who said her husband was going to kill her at 9:04 a.m. on Dec. 10 in the 1700 block of Morgan Ave. in Beaumont.
Officers arrived to find a man matching the husband’s description pacing in front of the open garage.
“The officer contacted the subject and ordered him to show him his hands. The subject failed to obey the officer’s orders, and placed one of his hands behind his back, only displaying one hand at a time as he faced the officer,” said Deputy Albert Martinez in the report.
The man backed into the open garage while hiding his hands.
A California Highway Patrol K9 unit was called to assist officers at the scene, as the suspect continued to refuse orders to show his hands.
“Once the K9 entered the garage the officer heard a gunshot. Immediately thereafter the officer observed the K9 retreat from the garage, returning to its handler. The K9 sustained a gunshot wound by the suspect and was taken to a local veterinarian hospital,” Martinez said.
Beaumont Police Department officers, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Crisis Negotiations Team and SWAT attempted to contact the man inside repeatedly.
“SWAT team members were able to see the suspect armed with a handgun inside the garage. Crisis negotiators were able to establish contact with the suspect via cellular phone and attempted to persuade the suspect to peacefully surrender,” according to Martinez.
The suspect refused to exit the garage and attempted to break into the residence through the interior garage door.
Two SWAT members fearing for the safety of the occupants inside the residence, fired on the man who died at the scene.
Assisting SWAT members entered and rescued a woman and baby from the home. Both were not harmed.
Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit were called out and assumed the investigation.
This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information will be provided at this time.
The deputies involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.
No officers were injured during the incident. The K9 is expected to recover.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is encouraging anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Investigator Button of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at 760-363-3500. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip at the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline.