Napa Cops Shoot, Kill Despondent Man Outside Home

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Neighbors of a Napa man who was fatally shot by police say he appeared to be following officers’ orders before they opened fire.

Police say the man’s wife had called for assistance Sunday afternoon because he had been despondent. During a confrontation outside the home, one officer used a stun gun and another shot him.

The man’s name has not been officially released, but friends and neighbors identified him as 60-year-old Richard Poccia.

A friend, Prentice Steffen, told the Napa Valley Register that Poccia was a nurse who had been on disability for post-traumatic stress from working years in psychiatric hospitals.

Witnesses say Poccia appeared to have his hands up and they heard only one shot fired.

Four officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

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