Officials said an 88-year-old California man was shot dead by police over the weekend who was a former police department employee who was suffering from mental illness.
The Yolo County Coroner’s Office said Robert Coleman died during the confrontation with West Sacramento police officers. Police officials said Coleman was armed with a pistol.
Coleman’s family reported to police that he was suffering from mental illness and had reported suicide
Coleman worked in the department from the late 1990s until 2004 as a law enforcement and parking enforcement officer.
The ministry said in a statement: “We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy and ask you to keep the Coleman family in your thoughts.” “Mr. Coleman, although the case is relevant, will not affect the investigation efforts to scrutinize the actions of the officers involved.”
The newspaper said the Davis Police Department is carrying out an independent investigation in accordance with department protocols.
The officers responded at around 3 am on Saturday after news of an armed man. The officers opened fire when they encountered a man with a pistol, according to the department’s statement. The ministry did not immediately release additional details about the shooting.
No officers were injured.