Anger was growing at the scene of a police shooting in El Cajon, California after eyewitnesses said police shot an unarmed man with his arms extended.
On Wednesday, police said in a news release, “The object that Mr. Olango drew from his pant pocket and pointed at the officer is a vape smoking device. The vape has an all silver cylinder (Smok TFV4 MINI) that is approximately 1” diameter and 3” long that was pointed toward the officer. The box of the vape that was held in his grip, is 4” x 2 1/4”s x 1” (Pioneer for You Vape).The vape was collected as evidence from the scene.”
You can watch the eyewitness account, given to an NBC15 reporter, above. However, police say the man did not have his hands in the air:
Police released this photo after a news conference Tuesday night:
In the news conference, police said they found no weapon at the scene. They also said, though, that the man had pointed an “object” at the officer who shot him. They said the man assumed a two-hand shooting-like stance with the object, but police wouldn’t say what the object was, other than to say it was recovered and was not a firearm. Police released the above still shot from a citizen cell phone video they received to back up their point. The full video has not yet been released. You can read the police press release here.
10News previously reported that a witness claimed the man had no weapon, and one witness reported seeing a vape electronic smoking device.
Police have a mobile phone video of the shooting they have not released publicly, said NBC 7 San Diego, which quoted another eyewitness as saying the man “refused to remove his arms from his side.” Police have not said whether the man was armed, though.
The eyewitness accounts in the first video are dramatic. These videos also contain other eyewitness accounts:
“I see a man, I see a black man surrounded by officers with their guns out… black man with his hands up …he’s jerking, he’s confused, he runs this way,” said one eyewitness interviewed by the reporter in the first video. “As soon as he runs this way, they discharge boom, boom, boom… five shots.”
A second man said that was “exactly what I seen” also. Watch the video above. The men then put their arms out and said the shot man was unarmed and had his hands extended out.
“He was like this, don’t shoot, don’t shoot and they still shot him,” said one of the witnesses in the above video, with his arms extended.
According to police, the man didn’t follow their orders after they responded to three radio calls to the scene, The New York Daily News said.
Police alleged on Twitter that the man was behaving in an “erratic” fashion. The man has not yet been formally identified.
Another dramatic video from the scene was disseminated on Facebook Live. It shows the immediate aftermath, including the shot man’s upset sister.
The man was shot on September 27 outside a shopping center in El Cajon, which is located near San Diego.
“The police did it again, you all. They shot another unarmed black person as usual,” said Rumbie Mubaiwa, in the Facebook Live video above that has received thousands of views (see above). “And the lady is saying she called them for help… and they shot her brother.”