A naked 37 year old man has been shot dead by two members of the Fremont Police department, California after he refused to stop chasing his estranged wife with a knife.
At the time responding officers demanded that the man drop his weapon but to no avail and were compelled to shoot. At the time of the shooting the man was critically injured but later died when taken to hospital.
Reports sacramento.cbs.local: Police responded around 11 p.m. to a home in the 4500 block of Central Avenue where a woman had called to report that her roommate’s estranged husband was attacking the roommate, Fremont police Officer Geneva Bosques said.
Officers arriving at the home saw a female victim running out of the front door followed by the suspect, who was naked and wielding a knife, Bosques said.
It has yet to be determined why the man was naked or why for that matter he was chasing his estranged wife and if he was on some kind of medication or drugs that may have altered his state of mind. It is understood nevertheless that the pair had a volatile relationship.
The UK’s dailymail reports at the time of his death, the two were still married, but the woman had been staying with a friend in a separate apartment. It was the roommate who first called the police when the man began attacking the woman at approximately 11 p.m
As questions linger as to whether the two men used excessive force in controlling the man, the two have for the interim have found themselves put on paid administrative leave. One of the officers involved in the shooting has been with the department for three years while the other has served for more than 20 years, police said.
Reflected one reader on the web:
lame, first off, he is chasing someone else, not the officer, secondly where is the tazer gun.. a perfect time to use it, thirdly if there was no tazer gun on the scene, why couldn’t one officer shoot at the legs of the naked guy instead of all officers open firing. Sounds like they were just Jury and executioner. This is my opinion, don’t like it, become law enforcement and prove your point.