By Stella Chan, CNN
Officers in Stockton, Calif., Shot dead a gunman Wednesday night as he charged towards them in the parking lot of a police department building, the local police chief said.
The shirtless man “was armed with a handgun and continuously fired the pistol – while walking – he appears mostly in the air but could also have shot some of the vehicles and other things in this batch before” Police Chief Eric Jones said on Wednesday. at a press conference.
The unidentified suspect was in the parking lot and started walking towards a police memorial when six officers confronted him, the department said in an update Thursday.
“The suspect was screaming and armed with a gun,” the statement read. “The police told the suspect to get to the ground and drop the gun. The suspect lay down on his stomach but refused to drop the weapon. The suspect continued to scream, stood up with the gun pointed at the officers and started running towards the officers. Five officers fired their service weapons, shooting the man.
The incident occurs while use of force by the police remains under surveillance nationwide. The actions of the Stockton officers are under investigation by agencies including the state Department of Justice and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, the chief said.
CNN contacted these agencies and the police department. Five officers are on paid administrative leave.
“I haven’t seen anything like it”, says the chef
Police did not disclose the identity of the man killed. He parked his car near the police station around 8:30 p.m. local time.
“It is too early to determine the motive; we don’t know exactly. This will certainly be part of the investigation: find out if there is anything that left behind what he may have been motivated to do. So, it’s too early to tell, ”Jones said.
“All the officers are fine,” the department said. on his Facebook page.
Jones was gloomy as he reflected on the events of the day.
“I haven’t seen anything like it. I’ve been here for almost 30 years with Stockton PD, almost 10 years as Chief of Police, and for someone to walk right into the police department like this and shoot the gun and to charge officers directly with the weapon is very unique, ”he said. noted.
“But I will say, unfortunately, that we are seeing more cases like this, not just in our region – whether they are ambushes or assaults on police officers or on buildings, on operations buildings – we have seen an increase in that nationwide. This is extremely concerning and it just shows the dangers of being a police officer, ”Jones said.
A few hours earlier, the ministry organized a dedication ceremony for a plaque for Officer Jimmy Inn, who was shot dead in May while responding to a domestic violence call.
In a statement, Chuck Harris, president of the Stockton Police Officers Association, said: “Violent actions like this happen daily against police officers across our country, and they must stop. We are grateful that none of our officers were injured or killed in this incident. Unfortunately, this is not the case for other officers in our country.
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