Man Killed In West Sacramento Police Shooting Was Former Employee


The man who was shot and killed by police officers, after getting out of a car with a gun last week, has been identified, as a former employee.

The shooting happened in West Sacramento at 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Authorities were called, as there were reports of an African-American man in his 30s with a gun. A vehicle showed up behind police, and the man got out of the vehicle, with a gun in his hand. Police shot and killed the man, who was identified as 88-year-old Robert Coleman.

Authorities said Coleman had a long history as an employee with the West Sacramento Police Department, working several jobs from the 1990s, until 2004, including as a code enforcement officer, a parking enforcement officer, and as a police volunteer.

Police said Coleman had been struggling with mental illness and had suicidal thoughts.

Officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, until the investigation is finished.

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