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El Cajon shooting (AP framegrab)
El Cajon shooting (AP framegrab)

An unarmed black man was shot and killed near San Diego, sparking protests


Police shot and killed an unarmed black man Tuesday afternoon in a suburb of San Diego.

The victim, identified by family as Alfred Olango, 30, was reportedly walking in traffic and "not acting like himself," around 2 p.m., El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said.

Olango's friends said he was mentally ill.

At one point, he pointed at police with both hands in a "shooting stance," police said. One officer discharged a stun gun, and another shot with a handgun, killing Olango. 

Witness and police accounts of the scene vary wildly.

While police denied Olango had his hands up, some witnesses said he did. Others said they heard at least five shots fired. 

Rumbidizai Mumbaiwa, who identified herself as Olango's friend, said he was mentally handicapped.

El Cajon police do not have body cameras, though they have ordered them, <b>The San Diego Union Tribune reports</b>

Protests broke out shortly after the shooting and continued until almost midnight.

Olango's sister posted a Facebook Live feed of the scene.

I don't think it takes five times to shoot somebody and take him down. I don't think you're supposed to be shooting a mentally challenged person.
Rumbidizai Mumbaiwa, friend of Olango

Davis said videos of the incident would not be released until a local district attorney had looked at the evidence.

"Now is the time for calm... Now is the time for the community to work with us," he said.

El Cajon shooting

WATCH  | Here's a look at the scene and subsequent protest.

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