On Tuesday afternoon, a police-involved shooting at a San Diego strip mall resulted in the death of 30-year-old Alfred Olango.
The El Cajon Police Department received a call from a woman identified as Olango’s sister that reported he was “not acting like himself.” When officers arrived on the scene, the man refused to comply with the instructions to take his hands out of his pocket, said Police Chief Jeff Davis.
The responding officers alleged that Olango then pulled an object out of his pocket.
“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,” read the El Cajon Police Department press release.
One of the officers then prepared to use his Taser on Olango while the first officer covered him. The second officer deployed his Taser, yet Chief Davis said it is unclear as to whether or not it reached Olango.
At the same time, the first officer fired his weapon several times, hitting Olango. The officers provided first aid for Olango until paramedics arrived and transported him to an area hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
After the shooting, a witness told police that she captured the entire incident on camera. She voluntarily released her video to the police, who are viewing it as evidence. According to Davis, the video corroborates the story the officers gave.
The cellphone video has not yet been released to the public.
Crowds and protesters have started to gather near the scene of the shooting. Several witnesses believe that the officers were too quick to fire their weapons. Although the protests were peaceful, many people who gathered were angrily shouting and demanding answers.
One witness claimed to have spoken to Olango as officers were giving instructions.
"I said, 'Take your hand out your pocket, baby, or they're going to shoot you.' He said 'no, no, no,'" the witness said. "When he lifted his hand out ... he did have something in his hand, but it wasn't no gun, and that's when they shot him."
Videos of the protests also captured Olango’s sister, who appeared to be very distraught.
"I just called for help and you came and killed him," she said.
Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. They have not yet been identified. The El Cajon PD has also released a photo from the video captured during the shooting.
(Photo: Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)