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California police fatally shoots man witnesses claim was unarmed

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 8:57 PM

San Diego-area police critically wounded a man who witnesses said was unarmed with his hands up Tuesday afternoon.

Gunfire rang out around 2 p.m. local time in a parking lot at the Broadway Village Shopping Center in El Cajon, Calif., KNSD-TV reported. Witnesses and family members said that the as-yet-unidentified man shot by police is a mentally-challenged black man.

The man wounded by officers didn’t follow their orders when they arrived to the scene, El Cajon police spokesman Rob Ransweiler told reporters at a news conference. The officers showed up at Broadway and N. Mollison Ave. after three separate radio calls reporting the man’s “erratic” behavior, Ransweiler said.

He declined requests to know whether the wounded man was armed or not, citing the beginning of investigations by police and prosecutors. Ransweiler said none of the officers involved were wearing body cameras.

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Police in El Cajon, Calif., said a man behaving erratically was shot by police Tuesday afternoon. A Facebook Live user broadcasted from the scene right after the shooting.

Police in El Cajon, Calif., said a man behaving erratically was shot by police Tuesday afternoon. A Facebook Live user broadcasted from the scene right after the shooting.

(via Facebook)

“Officers responded to an erratic subject that ended with an officer involved shooting. We will post updates here as they are available,” El Cajon police said on Twitter

The man was hospitalized in critical condition, but no more information on his condition was immediately available, KSWB-TV reported

“I hope the community of El Cajon allows for the details of the investigation to be released,” Ransweiler said. “I’m confident that the community will support the decision made by the officer.”

Yet an angry crowd began gathering hours after the shooting roughly 15 miles outside San Diego, according to KGTV. An employee at a nearby restaurant said her colleague voluntarily turned over a cell phone with video of the shooting to police. 

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A Facebook user said a crying woman seen wearing a nurse’s uniform in a Facebook Live broadcast from the scene had made the original 911 calls Tuesday.

“OK, so the police did it again, y’all,” the Facebook user said. “They shot another unarmed black person, as usual. And the lady is saying she called them for help, not to kill her brother, and they shot her brother.”

A Facebook Live user who posted the video said the woman shown above had called police for help then wound up watching her brother get shot.

A Facebook Live user who posted the video said the woman shown above had called police for help then wound up watching her brother get shot.

(via Facebook)

The wounded man’s sister identified him as 30-year-old Alfred Olango in the video.

“I called for help, I didn’t call for you guys to kill him!” she screamed. “Oh my God, you killed my brother!”

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The Facebook user who posted the video said the woman’s brother had “supposedly” taken something out of his pocket before the officers shot him.

The Facebook user who shot the video said, "OK, so the police did it again, y’all. They shot another unarmed black person, as usual.

The Facebook user who shot the video said, “OK, so the police did it again, y’all. They shot another unarmed black person, as usual.

(via Facebook)

“Why couldn’t you guys Tase him? Why, why, why, why?” the wounded man’s sister yelled. “Why couldn’t you Tase him? I told them he’s sick.”

Witnesses who spoke to the TV station said they saw the shooting victim’s arms outstretched as officers surrounded him with guns drawn.

“The black male was up with his hands up like this, scared to death, not knowing which way he was gonna go,” said one man who stretched his arms wide. “And that’s the honest truth.”

The shooting happened a week after Charlotte, N.C., police fatally shot 43-year-old black man Keith Lamont Scott. Investigators said Scott was armed and posed a threat, but protests erupted when members of Scott’s family said he didn’t have a gun.   

This story will be updated.

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