El Cajon Officers Fatally Shoot Black Mentally Disabled Man “Not Acting Like Himself”
Officers claim to have been responding to a call of a man who was exhibiting “erratic” behavior. Sadly, one of those callers appears to have been Olango’s own sister who is heard crying in a Facebook Live video as she explains, “I called you to help me but you killed my brother. Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why, why, why, why? I called so many times to help him.”
According to witnesses, Olango was mentally disabled and unarmed, but it was the motion of placing both hands together and extending them rapidly toward an officer that led to his death, as The El Cajon Police Department explained in a summary of the events leading up to the shooting on their website:
“Today, the El Cajon Police Department received calls of a man who was “not acting like himself”. He was walking in traffic, not only endangering himself, but motorists. Two officers located him behind a local restaurant in the 800 block of Broadway. The subject described as an adult African American male in his 30’s, wearing a black tank top and blue jeans. The subject refused multiple instructions by the first officer on scene to remove his concealed hand from in his pocket. Because the subject did not comply the officer drew his firearm and pointed it at the subject while continuing to give him instructions to remove his hand from his pocket.
“The second responding officer arrived on scene and immediately prepared to deploy a less lethal electronic control device while the other officer covered.
“The subject paced back and forth while officers tried to talk to him. At one point, the subject rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance. At this time, the officer with the electronic control device discharged his weapon. Simultaneously, the officer with the firearm discharged his weapon several times, striking the subject.
“Officers provided first aid on scene until medics arrived and transported the subject to an area hospital for treatment. The subject has passed away as a result of his injuries.”
A witness told NBC News San Diego, “I didn’t hear any command ‘Halt’, ‘Stop’ or ‘I’ll shoot. 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.” Another witness “came forward and notified officers they had video footage of the incident” which they voluntarily handed over to police who are now reviewing the footage as part of the investigation, the law enforcement office stated on their website. They also chose to post the single frame image below from one of the videos investigators are reviewing to substantiate their version of the story.
Additionally, “The two officers will be on administrative leave at the conclusion of the investigation,” in accordance with department policy.
A Facebook Live video uploaded by Rumbie Mubaiwa captured the aftermath and witness testimony.