Black Man Fatally Shot by Police Pulled Vape Device From Pocket, Pointed It At Police LIke A Gun
The object that a black man pulled from his pant pocket before being fatally shot by police in Southern California Tuesday afternoon was not a deadly weapon -- but a vape smoking device, the El Cajon Police Department said Wednesday evening.
The Medical Examiner's Office also identified the man as Alfred Okwera Olango, 38, of El Cajon.
Protests erupted in El Cajon -- located about 16 miles northeast of San Diego -- following the shooting, and continued into Wednesday evening.
Police initially said Tuesday that it received a 911 call from the man's sister, saying her brother was "not acting like himself." According to the caller, he was walking in traffic, endangering himself and motorists, police said. Two officers located the man, who was described as an African-American in his 30s, behind a restaurant in the city, some 16 miles northeast of San Diego.
Olango refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from his pocket, which caused one officer to draw his firearm, police said. Olango continued to ignore further commands and paced back and forth while officers tried talking to him, according to police.
At one point, Olango "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," police said Tuesday. That's when one officer deployed his Taser and another fired his gun several times, striking Olango, according to police.