VAN NUYS – A 45-year-old Van Nuys man who was shot dead by police responding to a domestic abuse call had a history of mental illness and was nude when he lunged at officers with a metal bar, police said Tuesday. The man who died Monday night might have been the same John Eric Goudeaux who created a major traffic jam shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when he drove down Ventura Boulevard in a rented Toyota Camry yelling “Jihad Good!” That Goudeaux, who displayed signs on his car reading “Bing-da-Bang-Boom, Enjoy” and “Surprise kaboom kaboom kaboom,” was the same age as the man shot by police Monday night. Monday’s altercation occurred about 7:15 p.m. after police received word that Goudeaux’s estranged wife was being held against her will in the 17600 block of Runnymede Street. After Goudeaux refused to open the door, about eight officers forced their way into the home and found Goudeaux, nude, holding a 3-foot metal bar, said April Harding, LAPD spokeswoman. Harding said after repeatedly ignoring orders to drop the weapon, Goudeaux lunged at Officer Timothy Hope, 27, a 3-year veteran with the department. “Officer Hope fired a shot in defense,” Harding said. Goudeaux was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, where he later died. Goudeaux’s mother, Suzanne Rose, a Northern California resident, questioned whether officers needed to shoot to kill. “This was a case in no way, shape or form (where) they should have killed him,” Rose said of her son, acknowledging his battles with mental illness. “The whole neighborhood knew he was crazy, but he would never hurt her,” Rose said of her daughter-in-law. Rose said that her son and his estranged wife had a complicated relationship. “They’re not living together, but she loves him and has compassion for him because he’s crazy and he needs help. … I can tell you this right now. I can hardly believe it was kidnapping,” Rose said. “She had a restraining order against him, and she was in his house.” Rose said that her daughter-in-law told her that Goudeaux wouldn’t let her leave his home, so she called a friend and eventually the police were called. According to Rose, her daughter-in-law said that when police knocked on the door Goudeaux told her to ignore them. Rose said her daughter-in-law told her that Goudeaux said: “We’re not doing anything and it’s private property.” “She said she was not in danger and she was nowhere near him and he was not going to hurt her.” Rose said she doesn’t blame the officers and understands that making split-second decisions are difficult, but she wishes they could have restrained him and gotten him the help he needed. “Why didn’t they shoot him in the leg and take him to a mental hospital?” LAPD’s Force Investigation Unit is handling the investigation. [email protected] (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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