(NSFW) California Robber Charges Police With Machete

This compilation of police bodycam and retail security footage shows a suspect robbing a store in Lancaster, California by breaking in and threatening employees with a large machete. During his confrontation with police, he charges the officers with the blade, and is shot and killed. Viewer discretion is advised.


The footage begins with the suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Jonathan Foster, breaking the glass of the building's front door and striking an employee with his machete. The victim would later be treated for the laceration at an area hospital. Upon encountering the police, Foster initially threatened them with the weapon but eventually began to backpedal into the store, which is where the bodycam footage catches up. As the video shows, Foster is able to withstand several deployments of less-lethal tools, including 40MM and the TASER. It's likely that Foster's jacket prevented the TASER leads from making a connection. However, at 01:52, he charges, wielding the machete in both hands. The Lancaster deputies open fire, dropping him more or less where he began. Despite aid rendered by the deputies and Los Angeles paramedics, Foster was pronounced dead at an area hospital. With the exception of the female employee cut in the beginning, no other persons were injured.


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Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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Published 3 months ago

This compilation of police bodycam and retail security footage shows a suspect robbing a store in Lancaster, California by breaking in and threatening employees with a large machete. During his confrontation with police, he charges the officers with the blade, and is shot and killed. Viewer discretion is advised.


The footage begins with the suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Jonathan Foster, breaking the glass of the building's front door and striking an employee with his machete. The victim would later be treated for the laceration at an area hospital. Upon encountering the police, Foster initially threatened them with the weapon but eventually began to backpedal into the store, which is where the bodycam footage catches up. As the video shows, Foster is able to withstand several deployments of less-lethal tools, including 40MM and the TASER. It's likely that Foster's jacket prevented the TASER leads from making a connection. However, at 01:52, he charges, wielding the machete in both hands. The Lancaster deputies open fire, dropping him more or less where he began. Despite aid rendered by the deputies and Los Angeles paramedics, Foster was pronounced dead at an area hospital. With the exception of the female employee cut in the beginning, no other persons were injured.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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