News Update!!: El Cajon, CA: Videos release on fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango.
Surveillance video and cellular phone video of the fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango was released by the El Cajon Police Department during a news conference held on Friday, September 30th, 2016.
(Warning!!: These video clips may be graphic and disturbing.)
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The fatal officer involved shooting happened just after 1:00pm PT on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 in the parking lot of Broadway Village Shopping Center located on the 800 block of Broadway in El Cajon, California.
According to the El Cajon Police Department, officers approached 38 year old Alfred Olango after his sister called authorities to ask for help because her brother was “not acting like himself.”
Alfred Olango was reported to be “acting erratically,” walking in and out of traffic, and did not follow orders to remove his hands from the pockets of his pants when approached by 2 law enforcement officers.
Alfred Olango was shot and killed by law enforcement officers after an object was drawn from the his pant pocket and pointed at the law enforcement officers.
Initially, the El Cajon Police Department didn’t give any details if the object Alfred Olango was holding and point was a gun or even released any information into what was that object.
But the day after the fatal officer involved shooting, the El Cajon Police Department said in a press release that the object Alfred Olango was holding and pointing was a “vape smoking device”.
The fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango launched days of protests by the community outrage over what they say was a killing of an unarmed an African American man and demand to see the videos law enforcement had obtain.
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During Friday’s news conference, El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis, the 2 videos were released due in part to a concern for public safety.
The 2 videos – a video was captured by a witness’s cellphone as she worked her shift at a nearby taco shop and another video came from a near by shop’s surveillance cameras – show 2 El Cajon Police Department Officers, identified as Richard Gonsalves and Josh McDaniel, approaching Alfred Olango.
Alfred Olango’s sister, wearing nurse’s scrubs, can also be seen near the El Cajon Police Department Officers in one of the videos.
Alfred Olango appears in the videos to move in the moment before the fatal officer involved shooting takes place.
Gunshots are heard in the cellphone video followed by a woman’s piercing scream.
According to the El Cajon Police Department, Alfred Olango pulled a 4-inch-long vaping device out of his pocket and held it in a “shooting stance.”
The El Cajon Police Department said that Josh McDaniel deployed a Taser while Richard Gonsalves fired multiple rounds from his gun at the man, critically striking him.
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During a news conference held on Thursday, September 29th, 2016, Pamela Benge, the mother of Alfred Olango, said Alfred Olango was not mentally ill but was having a breakdown over the death of a close friend.
“He did not do anything; he had no gun; he was not mental. My son is a good, loving young man. Only 38 years old; I wanted his future to be longer than that,” said Pamela Benge.
San Diego Attorney Dan Gilleon, who’s assisting the family of Alfred Olango while they decide on legal representation, echoed that, although the El Cajon Police Department responded to a report of Alfred Olango as an “erractic subject” during the deadly encounter with law enforcement officers, he was not suffering from mental illness.
“Alfred was not mentally ill. He was going through a mental emergency – a mental breakdown – because he had lost someone he loved dearly. We all go through a bad day,” said Dan Gilleon.
Pamela Benge gave a glimpse into her son’s life, saying that Alfred Olango loved to play soccer and deeply loved his family and daughter.
Pamela Benge said as refugees from Uganda, she came to America with her children seeking safety and a better life for them.
Coming from a place of war, Pamela Benge said she did not expect this ending for her son.
“We have come from a war zone. We wanted protection. I wanted a lovely, nice country like this to protect us,” said Pamela Benge.
Pamela Benge said the fatal officer involved shooting of her son has forced her to feel pain similar to what she felt in the midst of war in Uganda.
“There is nothing as painful. Pain, it is so much that you cannot swallow it but the pain overweighs you. It is so bitter,” said Pamela Benge well referring to the death of her son.
Pamela Benge thanked the community for their support.
Pamela Benge also begged for police shootings of unarmed black men across the nation to stop.
“Humanity is what we would pray for. Keep praying for my family. We need justice. This kind of thing needs to stop. Don’t wait until it’s your child. We are all one. Don’t kill,” said Pamela Benge.
Protests following the fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango for the most part peaceful shortly after the incident, but days later, authorities say some protesters are taking advantage of the situation to cause trouble.
Reports of some protesters throwing bottles at law enforcement, stopping cars and broke windows as well as reports of a civilian being assaulted in the crowd and a freelance news photographer had his camera stolen amid the protest.
“These events marked a change in the protesters from peaceful to more aggressive behavior,” said El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis.
The protest have even gotten a bit dangerous when a protester was blocking a vehicle was almost ran over in front of other protesters in the street and was captured on camera, which was also streaming live online, by a local news crew.
During Thursday’s news conference, Pamela Benge said that those who plan to continue protesting in response to her son’s shooting should do so in a peaceful and non-violent manner.
“I’m always for peace, I don’t want war. If you have seen war, you will never, ever want to step near where there is war,” said Pamela Benge.
El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells is promising a thorough, transparent investigation into the fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango.
The fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango case is being investigated by the El Cajon Police Department, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
News Update!!: Kingman, AZ: Suspect dead in officer involved shooting.
The suspect involved in an officer involved shooting in Kingman, Arizona has dead.
Rusty Cooper of the Kingman Police Department tells NBC affiliate KSNV Channel 3 that the suspect died in the shooting.
The Bullhead City Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Kingman, Arizona and released more information on what happened.
According to the Bullhead City Police Department, at approximately 9:30am PT on Thursday, September 29th, 2016, the Kingman Police Department executed a search warrant for stolen property at a residence in the 1700 block of Miami Avenue in Kingman, Arizona.
Initial information indicates that 53 year old Jeffrey Clair Cave of Kingman, Arizona fired a weapon toward officers and a police officer was shot.
Jeffrey Clair Cave was also shot and later pronounced dead at the scene.
The Kingman Police Department Officer was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and is currently listed in serious, but stable condition.
The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
It is protocol to have an outside agency investigate an officer involved shooting incident.
According to the Kingman Police Department, officers are at the scene of an officer involved shooting in the 1700 block of Miami Avenue in Kingman, Arizona.
The officer involved shooting happened in the morning on Thursday, September 29th, 2016.
A suspect and a Kingman Police Department Officer have been shot.
It’s unclear what lead up to the officer involved shooting incident.
Per protocol, an outside agency will be handling the investigation.
According to the Kingman Police Department, the Bullhead City Police Department’s Public Information Officer will be releasing a press release later this afternoon and since this is an active investigation, no other details will be released, including the suspect’s and officer’s conditions, until the official press release.
NBC affiliate KSNV Channel 3 and Kingman Daily Miner are both reporting that the suspect was killed.
The Kingman Daily Miner is reporting that the Kingman Police Department Officer sustained a “serious” wound and was taken to the hospital.
Laughlin, NV: Needles Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Community Awards celebrates 90th Anniversary of Route 66.
The Needles Chamber of Commerce is having their annual Dinner and Community Awards from 5:00pm to 11:00pm PT on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at the Avi Resort and Casino, located at 10000 Aha Macav Parkway, in Laughlin, Nevada.
This year’s dinner and community awards will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of Route 66.
Acclaimed author Jim Hinckley, author of the books “Travel Route 66: A Guide to the History, Sights, and Destinations Along the Main Street of America” and “The Route 66 Encyclopedia” will be the keynote speaker at the dinner and community awards.
For more information about the Needles Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Community Awards, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.
Downtown Needles, CA: Third spaghetti dinner benefit for fire victims being held today.
The third spaghetti dinner benefit for the victims in the multiple residential structure fire the occurred in July 2016 will be held at 5:00pm PT on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at the Eagles Aerie #2599 located at 729 Front Street, near E Street, in Downtown Needles, California.
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According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a total of 4 homes were burned, left several residents without a home, and a firefighter suffered minor injury while battling the multiple residential structure fire which occurred near the intersection of L Street and Chestnut Street in Needles, California on Saturday, July 16th, 2016.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke with Tina Walker at the last benefit dinner event back on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 about the spaghetti dinner benefit, who helped to put the spaghetti dinner benefit together, how are the victims doing after the multiple residential structure fire, and community spirit of helping our community family when disaster hits.
For more information, please contact the Eagles Aerie #2599 at: 1 (760) 326-2599.
Community Question: Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
What would you say about the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in Needles, California and how they respond to crime and arrest in our community?
Do you think they’re not doing enough to protect the community? Do you think they’re arresting the wrong people?
Do you think they’re doing a great job?
Do you think they’re responding fast to emergency calls?
Do you think that more deputies are needed?
Did you have a good or bad experience with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in Needles, California?
I would like to know from this community of Needles, California how they truly feels about their San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, both the good and the bad.
I also would like to know from this community of Needles, California if more information on arrest made in the community should be provided to the public during Needles City Council Meetings like the San Bernardino County Fire Department had done before, and if having an open meeting or commission with the local San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and City of Needles Officials to address any concerns and complaints from the local community would be a good or bad idea.
I know the discussion about law enforcement can be a bit heated so please try to be respectful to everybody who is commenting.
Breaking News!!: El Cajon, CA: Protest and outrage over fatal shooting by law enforcement of an African American man with a vape smoking device.
A large crowd of people are protesting in El Cajon, California after new information was released on a fatal shooting by law enforcement of an African American man stating that the object drew from the African American man’s pant pocket and pointed at the law enforcement officers was a “vape smoking device”.
The fatal shooting by law enforcement of an African American man occurred on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016.
According to the El Cajon Police Department, just after 1:00pm PT, officers approached 38 year old Alfred Olango in the parking lot of the Broadway Village Shopping Center on Broadway in El Cajon, California after his sister called authorities to ask for help because her brother was “not acting like himself.”
The El Cajon Police Department said Alfred Olango was walking in and out of traffic acting “erratically.”
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According to the El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis, the officers who approached Alfred Olango told him to take his hands out of the pockets of his pants, but he allegedly “refused multiple instructions by the first officer on the scene” and kept his hands in his pockets.
El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis said that the man then pulled an object from his pocket and pointed it at officers, assuming a “shooting stance”.
The El Cajon Police Department said one of the officers deployed a Taser on the man, while the other officer fired multiple rounds, striking and killing him.
The man was later sent to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The El Cajon Police Department confirmed that their officers obtained video of the incident captured on a cell phone by an employee at a nearby taco shop.
According to the El Cajon Police Department, the witness voluntarily turned that video over to investigators.
El Cajon Police Department Officers are not currently outfitted with body-worn cameras.
** Picture from the El Cajon Police Department: **
From that clip shot by a bystander, the El Cajon Police Department released a still picture that they said shows why Alfred Olango appeared to be a threat to officers.
Later Tuesday, the El Cajon Police Department were asked what was the object the man was holding and pointing, but wouldn’t provide information on what was that object.
But, as of 6:14pm PT on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, the question of what was the object Alfred Olango was holding and point was released in a press release from the El Cajon Police Department.
According to a press release from the El Cajon Police Department, “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.”
** Press Release: City of El Cajon: El Cajon Police Department: **
The press release from the El Cajon Police Department also talks about the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT).
“There have been several questions about the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT). The El Cajon Police Department does have an agreement with Community Research Foundation / PERT which allows certified licensed clinicians to partner with police officers in the field in order to provide direct support for mental health calls. On 9/27/16, during the hours of this incident, there was a PERT clinician with a police officer. At the specific time of this incident, that team was on a different radio call that was also PERT related. They were not immediately available,” said in the press release from the El Cajon Police Department.
According to the El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis, the 2 officers involved in the fatal shooting each have 21 years of service as police officers.
Per standard department policy, both officers have been placed on leave, as the investigation is ongoing.
The deadly officer involved shooting sparked uproar in the community amid racial tensions across the nation stemming from many other deadly shootings of unarmed black men by law enforcement officers, including the recent killing of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.
** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNSD Channel 7: **
Wednesday afternoon, protests began in the streets of El Cajon, California putting law enforcement on high alert.
Because of the protest, Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, California temporarily closed their doors.
According to a statement posted on their Facebook page, Parkway Plaza said, “By request of local authorities and out of an abundance of caution, Parkway Plaza will be temporarily closed due to demonstrations in the area. We will let you know when we are scheduled to reopen.”
According to the El Cajon Police Department, Parkway Plaza chose to close on its own and law enforcement are not actively evacuating patrons.
** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNSD Channel 7: **
Tonight, swarm of people are in the streets near the site of the fatal shooting, prompting an intensified law enforcement presence as crowds took to the street.
** Video from Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) and NBC affiliate KNSD Channel 7: **
Several hundred of people are seen in the streets, walking southbound on Valentin against traffic as they began chanting and screaming, “No justice, no peace,” and holding “Black Lives Matters” signs as police in riot gear blocked off some streets.
At this moment, the protests have been peaceful.
** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNSD Channel 7: **
Earlier on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, community advocates, community organizations, and church leaders gather for a rally regarding the fatal shooting.
Rev. Shane Harris, of the National Action Network San Diego, said the picture released by the El Cajon Police Department does not reveal the full story of what transpired between officers and Alfred Olango.
Other speakers at the rally said the release of the single photo only serves to “shape the narrative” of law enforcement.
“The nation’s eyes are watching us. America’s Finest City – it ain’t looking so fine right now,” said Rev. Shane Harris.
Rev. Shane Harris said that he’s been in contact with Alfred Olango’s family and they plan to seek a federal investigation into the deadly police shooting.
“We do not trust local prosecutors to investigate local police. You won’t have no peace until we get justice. We will not sit down and shut up!” said Rev. Shane Harris.
Agnes Hassan, a woman from Sudan who was friends with Alfred Olango, spoke briefly at the end of the rally and said Alfred Olango was a refugee from Uganda and emigrated to the United States of America in 1991 when he was 12 years old.
They both moved to El Cajon, California in search of a better life and future for their families.
With tears in her eyes, Agnes Hassan said, “We suffer too much – there was a war in Africa, to suffer again? If somebody has mental problem, how can you not deal with him with a mental problem? This is not right. My heart is just broken.”
Along with community advocates, community organizations, and church leaders at the rally, longtime El Cajon, California resident Eddie Price attended the rally.
Eddie Price tells NBC affiliate KNSD Channel 7, “I’ve been a black man for 56 years. The feelings that I’m feeling are not new,” saying that he’s been targeted by police his entire life for the color of his skin.
“I’m armed right now. I’m armed with the melanin in my skin and information in my mind. I’m armed and dangerous. That’s what I feel like, every time I see the police, I feel like I’m already armed and dangerous and I’m a suspect already. That’s no way to live,” Eddie Price explained.
Eddie Price tells NBC San Diego News that also demanded justice in this case.
“We don’t want you to look at us like us. We want you to look at us like you. We want morals and humanity back in this society. I’m tired of walking around like I’m a target. We need some action. Feel something,’ said Eddie Price.
Eddie Price, along with other speakers, called for the news media to support the black community.
Referring to the police, Eddie Price tells NBC San Diego News, “It’s not just us against them. This goes into the morality of humanity. Everybody ought to be conflicted about this. Imagine if this was you.”
The rally was peaceful, but the rally became heated for a moment when Armand King, leader of the Paving Brighter Futures organization, stepped up to the podium.
“They murdered somebody last night. Somebody’s at home right now with their family, and someone is dead now. This is just wrong,” said Armand King.
The crowd began chanting, “Murder! Murder!” and at that moment, a man in the crowd heckled Armand King and he was shaken.
According to Christopher Rice-Wilson, the Associate Director of the Alliance for San Diego and who led the rally, said to NBC San Diego News, “We cannot respond to them. Every time a black man is killed by police, it’s a message to us to stay in line. When we speak out, we’re told we don’t matter. Black lives matter. And if a black life doesn’t matter, then no lives matter. We’re supposed to be all equals.”
Mallory Webb, president of the San Diego Youth and College Division of the NAACP, also spoke briefly talking about her experience as a young black woman. “I’m angry. I’m very angry and I’m hurt. That could be my little brother; that could be my twin sister any time. I don’t know what to do. I’m scared to walk the streets every single day – I walk to school every single day – and why do I feel like I have to look behind bushes and hide behind trees? Because I could get shot and killed at any time.”
El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis urged the community to remain calm and said the investigation will be thorough.
“This will be transparent. This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours,” said El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis.
The San Diego District Attorney was on scene and also will investigate.
Needles, CA: Deputies identify and arrested a suspect wanted for grand theft auto.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 2:37pm PT on Friday, September 23rd, 2016, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 2100 block of Lilyhill Drive in Needles , California reference a stolen vehicle.
The victim’s Toyota Tundra was driven east on Lilyhill Drive, by an unknown suspect.
At approximately 8:00pm PT, the vehicle was located near the east end of the S Street, a flood control channel.
At approximately 8:30am PT on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, Detective Preston and deputies conducted a probation check on the 2100 block of Lilyhill Drive in Needles, California.
At this time, evidence was obtained that led to the suspect being identified as 31 year old Mark Gardner from Needles, California.
Mark Gardner is currently on Post Release Community Supervision for Grand Theft Auto.
San Bernardino County Probation Officer Dunlop was contacted to confirm Mark Gardner’s current address.
Deputies made contact with Mark Gardner at his residence in the 1900 block of Desoto Street in Needles, California.
Mark Gardner was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Colorado River Station.
Mark Gardner was booked for Grand Theft Auto and a No Bail hold was placed by San Bernardino County Probation.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Needles Sheriff’s Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: www.wetip.com
Lake Havasu City, AZ: A young girl fights for her life after boat capsized.
An 18 month old girl is in extremely critical condition after a boat capsized on Lake Havasu City, Arizona on Saturday, September 24th, 2016.
First responders upon arriving, a 1995 Hurricane deck boat can be spotted upside down in the water just off the shore north of Pittsburgh Point.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, there were 12 people from California on board the boat, including a 18 month old girl and the child’s parents.
As first responders arrived, they were told that the toddler was still under the boat.
A Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Boating Officer saw the baby and pulled her from the water then Lake Havasu Fire Department personnel immediately started administrating CPR on the girl while she was being transported to an awaiting ambulance.
The girl was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital after being located in the water.
The girl’s parents were on board when the boat turned over and were reportedly not injured.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the accident remains under investigation.
Winds blowing 15 to 20 mph caused 2 to 4 foot waves to break on the shore in the area at the time.
** ZachNews sends our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the 18 month old girl. **
** Picture from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. **