Police Kill Man Chasing Others With Bat At Sports Complex

A 29-year-old Huntington Beach man who reportedly chased children and others with a baseball bat and a broken bottle before he was shot and killed by police Thursday night had a history of abusing alcohol and threatening family members, according to friends and court records.

Steven Schiltz was shot and killed by two Huntington Beach police officers on a soccer field at the Huntington Central Park Sports Complex at 18120 Goldenwest St.

Officers arrived at the complex about 7:20 p.m. after receiving emergency calls about a man with a bat and a broken bottle hitting trees and chasing people around the fields.

The 45-acre sports complex has eight softball fields overlaid with seven soccer fields, along with batting cages, two concession stands and playgrounds, according to the city of Huntington Beach. Several sporting events were taking place at the complex Thursday night, police and witnesses said.

batAs the teens scrambled, a parent showed up with a stick and chased Schiltz away.

As the suspect approached bleachers with a citizen sitting down, two officers approached him and ordered him to drop his weapons.

As Schiltz was about to swing at the woman, officers fired three rounds and three more after he remained standing.

Schiltz was pronounced dead at the scene.


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