HUNTINTON BEACH, California (March 10, 2017) — Steven Schiltz, 29, of Huntington Beach was shot and killed by police at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex in front of roughly 200 parents and children after he allegedly chased children with a bat-like object and a broken bottle, according to the Orange County Sheriff Coroner and the Orange County Register.
The incident took place about 7:28 p.m. Thursday night on field number 2 at 18120 Goldenwest Street, near the Huntington Beach Library. The 45-acre park comprises eight softball fields, batting cages and seven soccer fields as well as playground facilities.
The Huntington Beach Police Department responded to the chaotic scene where Schiltz was reportedly hitting trees with the bat-like object and running after children of all ages with a broken bottle. The fields were crowded with families in the bleachers watching a soccer game
As the suspect approached a large group of people, police shot at least one round at him and he died at the scene. There were no other injuries to bystanders.
A woman who is believed to be the suspect’s mother, told a local TV station that her son was mentally ill and had spent time at a psych ward last year.
The investigation into the police shooting continues and witnesses are asked to call detectives at 714-647-7055.
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