Police Fatally Shoot 88-Year-Old Black Man Who Once Worked at Same Police Department

Rebekah Sager
September 16, 2020 - 2:49 pm

    An 88-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by police in Sacramento Saturday has been identified as a former employee of the West Sacramento Police Department. 

    The Sacramento Bee reports that the coroner identified the man as Robert Coleman. He worked multiple jobs in various departments — code-enforcement officer, parking officer, and police volunteer.

    The officers involved were placed on administrative leave, and the city plans to release body-camera footage of the shooting. 

    "Many people are impacted any time a life is lost. In this case, Mr. Coleman was not only a loving husband and a caring father, but he was also a member of the West Sacramento Police Department family for almost 10 years," the West Sacramento Police Department said in a statement Monday.

    According to reporting by KCRA-TV, Coleman was shot by officers who were called to the scene about a man with a gun. When police arrived Coleman was sitting in a parked car. Officers began talking with him, when he then 

    Coleman was shot by officers after they responded to an unrelated 911 call about a man with a gun. When "exited the vehicle armed with a handgun and a shooting ensued."

    Coleman's family says he'd been struggling with mental health issues at the time of the shooting.

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