Caught on camera: officer involved shooting in Madera

MADERA, Calif. - Police are looking for information on the suspect involved in an officer involved shooting in Madera on Monday.
 
It all started when Madera Police Department got a call around 4:30 in the afternoon saying there was a man driving slowly around town with a knife to his neck. That's when police started following and the scene quickly escalated.
 
Madera Police said officers started following a white truck driving about 15 miles per hour around Downtown Madera.
 
In police car dashboard camera footage you see the man slow down, get out of the car, and point a gun at officers. That's when an officer fired five rounds and shot the man in the shoulder.
 
"That's when it went from a knife to a handgun. That upped the game significantly. That posed a threat to other people in the area. I honestly think his intent was for us to end his life," said Madera Police Chief Steve Frazier.
 
He said this was an attempted suicide by cop. The man, 39-year-old Saul Santana, had a large cut on his throat when he got out of the car. Santana is in the hospital and is expected to live.
 
Neighbors around the scene at C St. and 14th St. heard it all happen.
 
"We saw a truck very slowly passing like 15 miles per hour, then we see one cop two cop three cop. We just heard like 'pop pop pop pop' and thought, oh somebody got shot," she said. 
 
This is the first officer involved shooting this year for Madera and only the third in the past decade.
If you know Saul Santana or where he was before this happened Monday please call Madera Police Department.

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