BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released dramatic video Wednesday of a man who threw a wrench at deputies before they shot and killed him.

[WATCH: GRAPHIC: MCSO deputies open fire on man after he threw a wrench at them in Buckeye]

The shooting happened late Friday night in the Rainbow Valley area.

MCSO said that when two deputies arrived at the home, 39-year-old Juan Torres was in the backyard.

The body camera video shows them talking to him while he's in the yard with a fence between them.

[WATCH: Family members, MCSO speak about body-cam video of man throwing hammer at deputies]

"Calm down. You're not in trouble," said one of the deputies.

Juan was seen pacing around the home's backyard.

Family members tried to get him to stop but he refused.

"Just stop!" a sister said.

He has a wrench in his right hand and a hammer in his left.

"Put that down!" one of the deputies shouts.

[WATCH: Sheriff releases body cam video of deadly deputy-involved shooting in Buckeye]

That's when Torres threw the 4-pound wrench and hit one of the deputies, MCSO said.

Torres went after a deputy with a hammer and both deputies opened fire, according to MCSO.

However, based on the body-camera video, it appears they opened fire immediately after Torres threw a wrench.

Torres was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

One deputy suffered minor injuries.

County Sheriff Paul Penzone said the deputies had no other choice but to use deadly force.

"It is a very dangerous, dynamic with different perspectives that are very fluid," said Penzone.

Torres' family believes deputies shouldn't have drawn their weapons.

"They treated him like an animal, like a bear or something, 11 shots, it's not right," said Irma Torres, Juan's sister.

Vanessa Torres, Juan's youngest sister, was the one who called 911.

"There was enough room to step back," Vanessa Torres said. "They didn't use any other method besides their guns."

"I was standing behind the cops," Vanessa Torres added. "I didn't feel threatened."

The family says Juan Torres had his ups and downs and was battling depression. They said they've called law enforcement before to help him. The last incident was on April 7, when Vanessa Torres said the deputies were nice and said they would help Juan.

"We were basically calling to get him help, get him picked up and take him to an institution so he could be, you know, evaluated," said Irma Torres.

"When he had his downs, he just thought everyone was against him," Vanessa Torres said.

But she said Juan was a big and lovable guy.

"When he's good, he's good. He's playful with the kids," said Vanessa Torres. "He's a big teddy bear."

The family said they've talked to lawyers and are "definitely pursuing" a lawsuit.

"I just wish the sheriff's department, and all police, get more training in situations like this to help people instead of going to this extreme," said Rick Torres, Juan Torres' father. "It just shouldn't have happened, plain and simple, overkill, too much. My son didn't have to die like that."

 


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trwatkins

Wow, I am dismayed to see such hateful commentary from individuals that do not know the family, or the officers. They just want to be spiteful. I went to school with this young man, and while he may have had troubles, he was still a human being. Mental health is a serious subject and if we are going to give individuals guns and tell them to go interact with individuals in a mental health crisis, maybe we should train them in MH crisis intervention. I agree that this was a dangerous situation for the police, and I am not mad at them.
I hope that if any of you suddenly lose a family member in a tragic situation, you don't have hateful little trolls making nasty comments about them.

Big Rich

Play stupid games....win stupid prizes....Never go to a gun fight armed with a hammer.

MsFiToy

[sad]

Shredder

I saw the video on the news last night. This guy absolutely deserved what he got from the Police. No question. I'm sure that before this incident, the deceased was a true pillar of his community. Right.

Dean

Of course you would not feel threatened Vanessa after all he did not throw a wapon at you. Next time he may have.

username001

Loveable teddy bear with a wrench and a hammer...

Natchomama

It’s a sad situation and not handled correctly. When feeling threatened a person with mental illness will not calm down when people are yelling at him. If memory serves, a young autistic boy was shot by the PD a few years ago in this area. That spurned a call for more training in dealing with individuals with mental illness. Did that happen?
Yes, the officers should have used force to protect themselves, but bullets?? Even wild animals are treated better in this country by use of a tranquilizer. Where are their Tasers? Rubber Bullets? Mace?
The family should not be made to feel guilty for calling for HELP, from those who are paid to serve and PROTECT.

trsalemme

Why would they need to call for help? The sister stated, plain as day, that she didn't feel threatened. ( although she said that, referring to the fact that she was standing BEHIND a police officer.) Soooo why were the police called? Family said he haD good AND bad days. Why not let em pace around until his "bad" tantrum is over? Why call 911, if there is no real emergency? You need to go study the Use Of Force Continuum or Response To Resistance polices. In either of those, a hammer and a wrench, wielded by someone who is unstable, can, AND SHOULD be considered extremely dangerous. If someone is threatening you with a knife, your first reaction should not be to grab your taser. That's idiotic. Now, I will say...if there were multiple officers on scene at the same time...ill say more than 3...and they had advanced warning that this guy had his "weapons", there is a chance that they all could have had tasers out...that MIGHT have sufficed. Also, if there was an officer who had an issued bean-bag round for shotgun, that would have been nice too. But we don't know if that was available, now do we?

Dean

You attack a cop you will be shot. What did you expect them to do while he was coming at them? Taser, oh sure, that will not slow down a maniac.

ObeyLaws

Yomama - How's it feel to live in a perfect world where every dynamic situation is handled perfectly? (Note - Your world is not reality...)

Daddy

Natcho - I'm not going to address everything part of your comment but as far as you suggesting the deputies use a taser instead of a firearm, that probably wouldn't work too well and there was too much at risk if it didn't work. The guy had a wrench and a hammer, he got closer to the deputy clearly to he would have a better chance at hitting him with the wrench when he threw it. Then he throws the wrench and he threw that thing hard. He was definitely trying to seriously hurt that deputy. The wrench hit the deputy, thankfully not in the face or head. At that moment if the deputy who shot Juan had opted for the taser instead and the taser prongs missed or didn't quite reach Juan or didn't work and Juan was able to throw that hammer at the first deputy (the one he threw the wrench at) can you imagywhat could have happened to that deputy? Maybe he loses a few teeth, loses an eye, or gets a hammer implanted in the side of his head. That's the kind of thing that kill someone or leave them sitting in a wheelchair drooling all over themselves for the rest of their life. The firearm was without a doubt the right thing to use in this situation otherwise that hammer was coming next and could have killed that deputy. Regarding your mention of "serve and PROTECT", the deputy did protect, he protected the other deputy from getting the claw of a hammer implanted in his temple, or his eye, or his carotid artery. People should stop calling the police to be the babysitter of a minimal situation that they don't want to handle themselves, they can handle it but they typically opt not to handle it. I'm not saying to never call the police, obviously if there's a serious situation, someone breaking into your house or whatever call the police. But, if your cousin, brother, aunt, uncle or whoever, is be obnoxious, rude, angry, or whatever you don't necessarily need to call the police. If you do call the police, the agitated person might become more agitate with the police and this is can really start going sideways quickly.

Daddy

***Excuse the massive number of typos in my comment.

redboyds

'Cool Off' Did you mean 'wait until the DRUGS WEAR OFF. You're geeked out, acting erratically while sporting around a hammer in one hand and a wrench in the other. 9 out 10 Dentist agree, pardon me; 10 out of 10 people with a firearm agree, 'put him down' If it didn't happen now it would have happened later, one way or another and who knows what innocent persons could have been harmed in a course of his next aggressive, violent drug induced rage?

robertscomputer

Sue now, for defending against a lunatic with a weapon and like his family no brains or common sense other then to kill orharm you.

ThinkingDude

If you want to make an already bad situation even worse, just get the police involved.

PRKRefugee

20 run ins with the cops? If you had a family member who rolled the dice that many times with the cops would you be surprised, much less indignant about his luck running out? If he was harmless then why did you need the police to deal with him? He should have been locked up somewhere where he couldn't hurt himself or others.

Natchomama

The cop said there were no charges on him, and there are no longer dungeons to place people. The mental health program across the nation is overtaxed and the first to have funds withdrawn. They are being shut down, and in turn the patients are sitting in ERs, sometimes for days/weeks until a room opens up.

Daddy

Armed with a hammer and wrench then throws the wrench at police. Not the brightest theng to do.

Daddy

I wonder if the family is glad they called the police now. I've never heard of anyone throwing a wrench at law enforcement or being shot by law enforcement when law enforcement wasn't called and wasn't there. So your brother's upset and pacing around in the back yard and you call the police instead of letting him pace around in the backyard and 'cool off'. Nice one. People are so quick to call 911 these days instead of handling their own situation or just letting a situation calm down on it's own. They didn't feel threatened but called police to help calm 'Hhwuanito' down. Oh he's calm now, he's real calm.

ObeyLaws

Advice from "Daddy." "Daddy" really??

trsalemme

Funny aint it? No one else wanted to bring that up. Notice what the sister said. She didn't feel threatened, "standing BEHIND the officer...." Typical.

Shredder

I think your advice is spot on, Daddy.

theazdude

Wait...No "Gofundhim" ?

Daddy

I wonder if the family is glad they called the police now. I've never heard of anyone throwing a wrench at law enforcement or being shot by law enforcement when law enforcement wasn't called and wasn't there. So your brother's upset and pacing around in the back yard and you call the police instead of letting him pace around in the backyard and 'cool off'. Nice one. People are so quick to call 911 these days instead of handling their own situation or just letting a situation calm down on it's own. They didn't feel threatened but called police to help calm 'Hhwuanito' down. Oh he's calm now, he's real calm.

Shredder

Give it a minute....

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