Gunman killed after allegedly charging officers outside California police headquarters

“I have never seen anything like it,” said the police chief.

A shirtless man shouting and wielding a handgun was shot dead by police after charging several officers and refusing to lay his gun down outside police headquarters in Stockton, Calif., Authorities said.

The shooting involving police began around 8:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday when the Stockton Police Communications Center began to receive reports that an armed assailant, who was not immediately identified, was firing a gun at fire outside the headquarters building, Stockton police said in a statement on Thursday.

Six Stockton police officers charged outside the building’s front door and clashed with the suspected gunman in the parking lot, the statement said.

“The suspect was screaming and armed with a gun. The police told the suspect to get to the ground and drop the gun,” the police statement said.

The man initially did and got to the ground, but reportedly refused to drop his gun, which police described as a Colt semi-automatic pistol, the statement said.

As the officers approached the man, he allegedly stood up and pointed his gun at the officers, police said.

“Five policemen fired with their service weapons, shooting at the man,” the police statement said.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

“For a while, before they (the police) were forced to shoot, they ordered the person to drop the gun and it was only when he charged directly at them that they opened fire. “Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said at a press conference Wednesday night.

Jones said several civilians were in the police department parking lot at the time of the shooting.

No officer or spectator was injured in the incident.

The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Nicole Williams, Nicholas Frayer, Hao Tran, Seth Powell and Ruben Rillon. Officials said three of the officers had been with the police force since 2019, one since 2017 and one joined the department last year.

The Stockton Police Department, the California Department of Justice and the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into the shooting.

“I haven’t seen anything like it,” Jones said. “I’ve been here for almost 30 years with Stockton PD, almost 10 years as the chief of police, and somebody come right into the police department like that and shoot the gun, then charge them straight. officers with the weapon is very unique. “