Coach says police had no choice but to shoot man

Schiltz's mother told CBS2 that she attempted to get her son, Steven, help before because he is mentally unstable and was in a psych ward as recently as a year ago.

According to NBC4 LA, the incident occurred around 7 the Huntington Beach Sports Complex Outdoor complex in the 18000 block of Goldenwest Street.

People ran and screamed as the bloodied and shirtless man, later identified as 29-year-old Steven Schiltz, followed an adult soccer player over a 3-foot barrier and onto the field where the children were practicing Thursday night, Sanchez recalled to The Associated Press.

Two Huntington Beach police officers fatally shot a man Thursday after he allegedly chased children and others with a baseball bat, authorities said. "He was good-hearted. He would never go after kids". At that point an officer-involved shooting occurred.

That's where the cops opened fire on Schlitz, according to Huntington Beach Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Marlatt, who did not divulge what exactly happened immediately before the shooting. "He doesn't comply", Sanchez told KABC-TV (

"One of our parents is standing there in the bleachers", Sanchez said.

Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy said responding cops had no choice but to shoot Schiltz as he charged into the bleachers where several families were seated. "She's frozen. She couldn't even move". Officers shot him, and he died at the scene.

No one else was hurt.

The police chief said there were about 200 people present at the 45-acre park, which has eight softball fields and seven soccer fields as well as batting cages and playgrounds.

  • Larry Hoffman