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Knife-Wielding Man Dies After Being Shot By Police Officers In North Sacramento


UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: One man is dead and a Sacramento Police Department officer is injured after a confrontation with Sacramento Police on Del Paso Boulevard Monday.

The Sacramento Police Department received calls of a man behaving erratically and waving a knife at about 9:30 a.m.

Sergeant Bryce Heinlein says several callers described a black man in his 50s with a knife. One caller said the man had a gun in his waistband. An officer saw the man at the corner of Dale and Del Paso Boulevard.

"The subject charged at the officer who was in his vehicle. In an attempt to keep himself safe, he locked the doors to his patrol car and the subject circled around his vehicle at that time," says Heinlein.

Ted Colbert lives nearby and was walking his dogs.

"This guy who was carrying a backpack and something in his hand that I couldn't see walks past me with a police vehicle following him with a bullhorn going, saying 'Drop the knife, sir.' And he's like, he turns around and goes 'C'mon. C'mon up here. I'll kick your monkey ass,'" says Colbert.

Heinlein says the man refused officers' orders to drop the knife. A Hispanic and white officer shot the man when he turned towards them with the knife raised.

Tasers are standard issue for all officers, but none were deployed.

Heinlein says the man gave no indication his attack on the vehicle was related to shootings by officers in the past week or the attack on Dallas police.

UPDATE 11:38 a.m.: The suspect in an officer-involved shooting incident in Del Paso Boulevard has died.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, the incident started at 9:24 a.m. Monday. Officers received calls from residents. They described a man armed with a knife. One caller reported that the man had a gun in his waistband. 

Police say the suspect, described as an African American male in his 50s, charged at one officer who was inside a patrol car. 

According to officals, more officers arrived and demanded that the suspect drop the weapon. He refused and charged at them. That's when the officers fired their weapons.

Tasers were not deployed in the incident, though officers are equipped with them. None of the officers were wearing body cameras though their patrol car cameras were recording. 

Witnesses who watched the incident unfold described the suspect as being erratic. They also described hearing five to 10 shots.  

Both witnesses and the police department say the suspect appeared to have mental health issues. 

An investigation is underway involving the department's homicide and internal affairs units. One officer was injured during the pursuit of the suspect. 


Original Post: The Sacramento Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting Monday morning. 

According to officials, the shooting took place at South Gate Road and Del Paso Boulevard. 

A police officer and a suspect were both transported to area hospitals. 

Del Paso Boulevard from Southgate to Arden has been shut down due to the investigation.