Man Killed By California Cop Had Vaping Device: Police

Man Killed By California Cop Had Vaping Device: Police

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Police in a San Diego suburb said Wednesday that the item held by an African-American man who was fatally shot after allegedly taking a “shooting stance” was a vape smoking device.

El Cajon police identified the man who was killed Tuesday as Alfred Okwera Olango, 38. His death sparked protests in the city of about 99,400 people about 15 miles northeast of San Diego. Protesters blocked traffic Wednesday but were peaceful, NBC San Diego reported.

Police have said 911 calls that began shortly after 1 p.m. indicated that Olango was “not acting like himself” and was walking in traffic.

When police arrived around 2:11 p.m., the suspect allegedly refused commands and “rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance,” at which point an officer shot him, El Cajon police said in a statement.

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Image: Shooting of Alfred Olango

El Cajon police released this image from a cell phone video taken by a bystander in the moments before Alfred Olango was shot by police Tuesday.