VIDEOS: Man Armed with Knife Shot in Sacramento

Mayor says video makes police reforms an "urgent" matter

By 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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