VIDEOS: Man Armed with Knife Shot in Sacramento
Mayor says video makes police reforms an "urgent" matterBy Calibre Press | Sep 21, 2016
Joseph Mann was shot 14 times during an armed confrontation with police in July, Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers, Jr. said Tuesday during a news conference.
Two police officers fired 18 shots at 51-year-old Mann in north Sacramento, missing only four times. On the morning of July 11, police said Mann was acting erratically, had a knife and disobeyed officers’ commands.
Mann’s family said earlier he was suffering from a mental health crisis at the time of the shooting.
Somers said Tuesday a specialized team that is able to assist officers with mentally ill subjects was not called out. He said a toxicology screening that recently came back shows Mann also had methamphetamine in his system.
North Sacramento resident Chris Gudis told a dispatcher he saw Mann with a gun, he said in an earlier interview with The Bee.
A second caller also told a dispatcher that Mann had a gun and knife, though she said she did not see the gun herself and was relaying information from someone else. The female caller also described Mann as mentally ill.
A dispatcher then told officers that Mann had a knife and gun, according to a tape released Tuesday.
From a cellphone:
But police have never found one and several other residents said they never saw a gun. Weeks after the incident, Gudis told The Bee, “I don’t know for sure exactly what it was. To me it looked like a gun.”
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