Man with baseball bat fatally shot by police in Huntington Beach

Two Huntington Beach police officers fatally shot a man Thursday after he allegedly chased children and others with a baseball bat, authorities said.

Police were initially called to the athletic complex at 18120 Goldenwest Street on reports that the man was using the bat as well as a broken bottle to chase people while sporting events were underway, according to Officer Jennifer Marlatt, a spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Police Department.

After officers arrived at the complex, the man ran into the bleachers, where several families were sitting, Marlatt said.

There, the two officers opened fire at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Marlatt said. The Orange County Coroner’s Office has identified the man as Steven Schiltz, 29, of Huntington Beach.


Police did not give an account of what immediately occurred before the officers fired their guns.

No other injuries were reported.

The shooting is under investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Calls to the Sheriff’s Department seeking additional comment Friday morning were not immediately returned.

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7:50 a.m.: This article was updated with the identity of the man killed by police.

This article was originally published at 1:50 a.m.