Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Monday in north Sacramento. Ryan Lillis The Sacramento Bee
Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Monday in north Sacramento. Ryan Lillis The Sacramento Bee

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Armed man acting erratically fatally shot by police in North Sacramento

By Bill Lindelof and Ryan Lillis

blindelof@sacbee.com

July 11, 2016 10:06 AM

Sacramento police shot and killed a man Monday who both witnesses and police said was armed and acting erratically on Del Paso Boulevard.

The tense situation that led to the man’s death began about 9:25 a.m. near an apartment complex on Lochbrae Road, one block from Del Paso Boulevard. One officer suffered a minor injury in a fall during the confrontation with the man who witnesses said had a knife and a gun.

Witnesses initially saw the man walking through the Woodlake Oaks apartments on Lochbrae Road. The man, who appeared to be in his 50s or 60s and was dressed all in black, was acting in an erratic manner and was yelling, they said.

An officer in a patrol car began following the man as he swung his hands in the air as if performing karate chops, witnesses said. He then walked onto nearby Del Paso Boulevard as more police responded.

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Police had received reports that the man had a gun in his waistband, but officers had not confirmed that Monday. The man did have a knife, said police spokesman Sgt. Bryce Heinlein.

The man charged the car of the first officer on the scene, Heinlein said. To protect himself, the officer locked the doors of the patrol car. At some point, police said, the man threw an object at one of the police vehicles.

When backup officers arrived, police got out of their cars. During a brief pursuit on foot, one officer fell and suffered a lower-body injury.

“He was very agitated,” Heinlein said of the armed man. “He was showing very erratic behavior.”

The man crossed Del Paso Boulevard and “continued toward businesses,” Heinlein said.

“He was noncompliant; he was not listening to any officers’ commands to stop,” Heinlein said.

Heinlein said the man turned toward officers and raised his knife. Two officers opened fire, hitting the man, who later died. The two officers have over 25 years experience with the Sacramento Police Department, the department said.

Alton Ford said that officers were trying to calm the man but that he responded with foul language.

“He was cussing at them,” said Ford. “They gave him plenty of opportunity.”

Ford said he heard 10 or 12 gunshots ring out on Del Paso Boulevard. Another witness, Melissa Gudis, also said the man was acting erratically and that he had a knife and a gun.

 ‘I’m the law, come and get me,’ ” Gudis said she heard the man say.

Del Paso Boulevard was shut down for the investigation. Light-rail trains, which run down the middle of Del Paso Boulevard, were also shut down.

Police detained a southbound Blue Line train that was at Del Paso Boulevard and Edgewater Road around the time of the shooting. About 40 passengers were on board and will be interviewed by police investigators, according to Regional Transit.

Shuttle buses were taking passengers between the Arden/Del Paso and Alkali Flat/La Valentina light-rail stations until officers completed their investigation. Service was to resume at 6 p.m. Monday.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews