Police: Officers fatally shoot man who chased brother with knife

SACRAMENTO – A report of a man chasing his brother with a knife resulted in a fatal officer-involved shooting in Sacramento Saturday.

Sacramento police officer Michelle Gigante said officers responded to the 4100 block of Wheatley Circle at 7:15 p.m., following multiple calls from family members saying the 22-year-old man was drunk and chasing his brother with the knife.

Gigante said the man was at a family gathering where he got drunk and attempted to get into his vehicle to drive. The man's brother took his keys to prevent him from driving, which sparked a physical confrontation between the two.

Other family members also tried to prevent the man from driving by disabling his vehicle. He eventually got inside the vehicle and fell asleep, according to Gigante.

About 10 minutes later, the man woke up, went into the house, grabbed a butcher knife and threatened to kill his brother. The rest of the family barricaded themselves while the man was chasing his brother with the knife, Gigante detailed.

The knife-wielding man eventually left the home without causing any harm to his brother.

A witness followed the man, providing updates to officers on the his location until police arrived in the residential area of Cold Creek Way.

Two officers and a sergeant contacted the man near the end of Cold Creek Way but he did not comply with officers' orders. The sergeant then used his Conducted Energy Device (CED) on the man, but it was ineffective. The man then ran off with the knife still in his hand.

The chase ended when the man stopped at a fence, turned toward the officers, held the knife in a threatening manner and approached the officers, Gigante said.

Gigante said the man asked the officer to shoot him during the confrontation. The officers ordered him to drop the knife but he refused and made actions to throw the knife at one officer. Fearing for their safety, two officers shot at the suspect, hitting him multiple times.

Emergency responders arrived and transported the man to UC Davis Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.

No officers or family members were injured during the incident.

The two officers that discharged their firearm will be placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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