EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Police say it was a 4-inch-long electronic smoking device that a black man pointed at a Southern California police officer who shot and killed him.
El Cajon police said Wednesday night that they recovered the vaping device consisting of a cylinder and a box that 38-year-old Alfred Olango was holding when he was shot on Tuesday.
Police Chief Jeff Davis says Olango pulled the device from his pocket, held it with both hands and took a “shooting stance” toward one of the two officers who were there.
Police released a still image of a video of the shooting that showed Olango in the stance.
One of the officers attempted to shock him with a stun gun, and the other shot and killed him.
Police had only previously revealed that Olango pointed something that was not a weapon at the officers.
A lawyer says the unarmed black man shot by police in a San Diego suburb was distraught over the recent death of his best friend.
Attorney Dan Gilleon said Wednesday that Alfred Olango was having an emotional breakdown over his friend’s death.
Gilleon is representing Olango’s family after the Ugandan refugee was killed by an officer in El Cajon.
Court records show Olango had several brushes with the law in California and Colorado.
Federal court files show he was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for being a felon in possession of a gun in 2005.
The records say he was previously convicted in San Diego of receiving stolen property in 1999 and selling drugs in 2001.
He was caught in Colorado in 2005 with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in his car. He pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced to 46 months in prison.