The El Cajon shooting took place during an encounter between an African-American man identified as Alfred Olango and El Cajon Police on Tuesday.
Several witnesses said that the police shot Olango during the encounter. The victim’s sister screamed nearby, demanding to know why the police shot her brother.
A few hours later, police officers informed the press that the man was acting irrational and was not complying. However, police did not provide details on the specific threat he presented to officers.
At around 1 p.m., dozens of officers flocked a public shopping center in El Cajon, according to NBC San Diego. It was stated by one of the witnesses that an officer fired five rounds. A manager inside a nearby restaurant reported that the suspect refused to remove his arms from his side.
The motives of the police in the El Cajon shooting were questioned by witnesses. During the event, crowds started swarming gradually on the scene; chanting started, demanding answers from police.
The victim of the shootout was sent to a hospital, and the man’s injuries are currently unknown. It was alleged that the gunfire was racially motivated, according to 10 News.
“I didn’t hear any command ‘Halt’, ‘Stop’ or ‘I’ll shoot,’” said George, one of the witnesses.
“I didn’t hear any command or yelling. I didn’t hear the man say anything. Next thing I see ‘Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow’ – five shots.”
The police department confirmed that there will be a thorough investigation to determine whether the El Cajon shooting was appropriate. They also informed that they cannot release details at this point.
Police had in their possession a cell phone, which would act as evidence. A witness voluntarily handed the phone over to police.