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 police chief said.
The man “was armed with a handgun and was firing the pistol continuously – while walking – he seems mostly in the air but could have shot some of the vehicles and other things in this batch before,” he said. Police Chief Eric Jones said Wednesday. a press conference.
“He kept walking the gun a bit, then got down to the ground, still armed with the handgun, and suddenly stood up and charged, almost running towards the still armed officers. handgun, ”he said. “It was then that the police were forced to open fire and the adult man was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Six officers responded from the main entrance to the police operations building and five shot the suspect after ordering him to drop the gun, Jones said.
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.
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 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.
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