A man shot and killed by two Salinas police officers Friday night after allegedly grabbing for a knife while being arrested has been identified as 26-year-old Osman Hernandez, police said today. An investigation into the shooting of Hernandez is ongoing and officers and several people who witnessed it have been questioned about the incident, police said. Hernandez had no arrest record within the city of Salinas, police said.
At about 7:20 p.m. Friday, Salinas police responded to a report of a man acting erratically and chasing people around while waving a knife at a shopping center parking lot at 880 E. Alisal St. The man, later identified as Hernandez, did not comply with commands from officers, who used a Taser to try to subdue him and place him under arrest, according to police.
As officers attempted to handcuff Hernandez, he pulled up his shirt and exposed a large knife tucked in his waistband, police said. He then allegedly grabbed the knife and pulled it out toward the officers who were trying to restrain him. Two of the officers fired their service weapons out of fear that they would be stabbed, police said.
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