Investigators: Man Shot Dead By Officers In North Sacramento Was Armed With Butcher Knife
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Police investigators are releasing more details in the officer-involved shooting that left a man dead in North Sacramento Saturday.
According to a Sunday release from the Sacramento Police Department, officers were called to the 4100 block of Wheatley Circle around 7:15 p.m. Saturday after multiple reports to 911 that a man was drunk and chasing his own brother with a knife.
Police were able to confront the man a few blocks away and ordered him to drop the weapon – said to be a butcher’s knife. According to investigators, two officers and a sergeant were stopped the suspect at an open field near the end of Cold Creek Way. The sergeant tried to use his stun gun on the man, but it was said to be ineffective.
The man then reportedly ran until he encountered a fence. Police say he then turned to face the officers, holding his knife threateningly.
The officers gave pleading orders to the man to drop the knife, but the man refused. Police say the man asked him to shoot him, along with threatening to throw the knife at one of the officers. Fearing for their safety, the two officers opened fire and hit the man multiple times.
The man was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center but was later pronounced dead. No one else was hurt in the incident.
Further details about the incident note that the man, said to be 22-years-old, was trying to get to his car to drive away from a family gathering. The man’s brother took his keys, sparking a fight. Somehow, other family members disabled the man’s car and the man’s brother was able to physically stop him. The man then fell asleep in his car for a time.
About 10 minutes later, police investigators say, the man woke up, went back into the home and grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen. The man then started chasing his brother.
Police investigators say the brother was able to get away and the man walked off, still armed with the knife. Another witness followed the man, called police and helped lead officers right to the man.
Both officers who opened fire have been placed on paid administrative leave, per usual protocol following an officer-involved shooting.