Folsom (Sacramento) cops shoot unarmed man in the back, killing him

“The chase started after the Folsom Police Department got reports of a robbery at a Wells Fargo near East Bidwell Street on Tuesday just after 5 p.m. When officers combed the area, they encountered a suspicious person a few blocks away walking in a residential area. He was wearing a large backpack. The Folsom Police Department said the man dropped his bag and then ran away.”

“Officers pursued the suspect on foot through the neighborhood, over fences and on the roof of a nearby Target, Browning said. Eventually, the suspect ran through a home in the 1300 block of School Street, where three children and their parents were inside, Browning said.

Pursuing officers heard the family’s screams as they came up to the house, Browning said. The suspect came out the front door, then turned and ran back inside. The sheriff’s deputy followed, saw the suspect trying to get into a locked bedroom where the family was hiding, then saw the suspect trying to get into another bedroom, Browning said.

Thinking the suspect was possibly armed and fearing for the safety of the family inside, the sheriff’s deputy fired at the suspect, striking him in the back, Browning said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man was later found not to be armed, and police so far have not recovered a weapon from his flight, Browning said. He added that police are still investigating the incident.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has not yet identified the man. It was the 12th officer-involved shooting for the Sheriff’s Department in 2012 and the eighth fatal one.”


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