he lunged at them they said.
Of course they're going to say that. You think they're going to say that our "highly-trained" deputies overreacted in a non lethal situation causing serious bodily harm to the property owner?
What's missing from the story is how the police approached the man. Did they flash their sirens and announce themselves as the police or did they just approach him with their guns drawn saying put your hands up?
Now if I'm not doing anything wrong and someone approaches me while I have my back turned saying "Put your hands up", I'm going to a.ssume I'm getting robbed. I'm not just going to stand there, I'm going to turn around and see what the situation is.
Police have megaphones and lights on their car for a reason. They should have given him instructions on what to do without getting out of their car, first. It sounds like they just walked up with their guns drawn.