Alfred Olango, according to police, took something out of his pocket and pointed it as if he was about to shoot. Police also said that he was not following orders. Could they have taken Olango out without killing him?
An unarmed disabled black man was shot dead by police in San Diego after his sister called 911 to ask for help, reports suggest.
Alfred Olango, 30, was gunned down in a parking lot on Tuesday afternoon, triggering more protests against police brutality after a spate of deadly shootings at the hands of cops.
Just minutes after the fatal shooting, a witness captured his horrified sister screaming: ‘I called police to help him, not to kill him’.
Video of the shooting appears to show Olango taking something from his pocket and pointing it at officers, but police have refused to said what it was. They did not find a gun at the scene.
El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said his officers fired because Olango quickly extended the object and took a stance ‘suggesting he was about to shoot’.
Police said they were called to the Broadway Village Shopping Center in El Cajon, after they received calls Olango was behaving erratically and ‘not acting like himself’, a statement from police reads.
Davis said on Tuesday night that the shooting victim was walking in traffic ‘not only endangering himself, but motorists.’
He said the man refused multiple instructions by the first officer on the scene to remove his hand from his pocket.
But a witness told NBC 7 that Olango, who is believed to have suffered from mental health problems, had his hands up when he was fatally shot.
Police insist he did not have his hands in the air.
Maria Medina, an employee at the nearby Los Panchos restaurant in El Cajon, said one of her co-workers recorded video of the shooting, but then had her phone taken by police.
El Cajon cops denied any phones were ‘confiscated’.
When the man did not follow their demands, one officer drew his firearm and pointed it the man
A second officer who responded to the scene drew a Taser, aiming it at the man.
‘At one point, the subject rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance,’ the statement reads.
‘At this time, the officer with the electronic control device discharged his weapon.
‘Simultaneously, the officer with the firearm discharged his weapon several times, striking the subject.’
Police provided first aid for the man at the scene until medics arrived and took him to the hospital.
He died from injuries a short time later.
It is unclear how many times he was shot or what part of his body was struck.
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Davis said the second officer fired his Taser at the man the same time the other officer fired from his gun.
A photo released by police shows the moment right before the man was shot dead by an officer, as another officer aims a Taser at the shooting victim.
The entire shooting was captured on a cell phone, but the video will not be released as it is part of an ongoing investigation, said Davis.
A video shared to Facebook by Rumbie Mubaiwa shows a woman named Sarah, who said she was the dead man’s sister, crying hysterically in the parking lot after witnessing her brother being shot.
Sarah, who said she called police three different times, can be heard in the video, saying: ‘I called you to help me but you killed my brother.
‘Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why why why why?’
Police officers can be seen approaching the woman in the video to question her.
‘I called so many times to help him,’ she said before telling a female police officer that her brother’s name is Alfred Olango.
The video posted to Facebook by Mubaiwa did not capture the actual shooting.
Meanwhile tennis star Serena Williams has said she ‘won’t be silent’ about the killing of black men by police officers.
Williams posted on Facebook on Tuesday she was worried for members of her family and she quoted Martin Luther King Jr., saying ‘there comes a time when silence is betrayal’, adding ‘I Won’t Be Silent.’
Not long after the shooting Lieutenant Rob Ransweiler said: ‘I hope the community of El Cajon allows for the details of the investigation to be released.
‘I’m confident that the community will support the decision made by the officer.’
Authorities say the District Attorney’s office along with the homicide division of the El Cajon police department will be investigating the shooting, CBS 8 reported.
The El Cajon Police Department has placed the two officers involved on administrative leave. They both have 21 years of service as police officers.
Witnesses at the scene of the shooting questioned the motives of the officers in the shooting, as people gathered and started demanding to get answers from the El Cajon police.