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An 88-year-old Black man killed by officers in California was a former employee of the same police department

Authorities in California identified a Black man that police officers fatally shot on Saturday as a former employee of the West Sacramento police department, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The local coroner identified the man as Robert Coleman, an 88-year-old from West Sacramento, according to a statement released by the local police department.

"Many people are impacted any time a life is lost. In this case, Mr. Coleman was not only a loving husband and a caring father, but he was also a member of the West Sacramento Police Department family for almost 10 years," the West Sacramento Police Department said in a statement on Monday.

Police said that Coleman held multiple jobs at the department, serving as a code-enforcement officer, parking officer, and a police volunteer.

According to KCRA-TV, Coleman was shot by officers on Saturday after they responded to an unrelated 911 call about a man with a gun, the West Sacramento police department said in a separate statement.

When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered Coleman in a vehicle parked nearby. According to the statement from the department, an officer tried to engage with Coleman at that point, but the man "exited the vehicle armed with a handgun and a shooting ensued." The city plans to release body camera footage of the incident.

Coleman's family said it told police the man was battling with mental illness at the time. The officers involved were placed on administrative leave.

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by Anonymousreply 109/16/2020

Why won’t anybody arrest these fucking pigs? This has gone on long enough!

by Anonymousreply 209/16/2020

It's like don't call the cops if your loved one is going through some things. The cops will just show up to shoot them. I guess the old man was probably suicidal, and he figured he could get death by cop.

by Anonymousreply 309/16/2020

I hold no brief for the US police (I'm not American), but there seems no argument about the tact that the guy was armed and it doesn't look at the moment like he was surrendering. If (emphasis on if) this is true, the result was pretty inevitable and not really objectionable. The same result would have occurred in any country.

by Anonymousreply 409/16/2020

R4 A white man was armed in the USA after shooting 3 people and killing 2 of them, but the cops let him and his gun walk pass them. He went home just like nothing happened.

by Anonymousreply 509/16/2020

Someone called 911 saying he was a 33 year old man.

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