Protests Continue in El Cajon in Response to Officer Involved Shooting

El Cajon city streets are experiencing unrest today as protesters rally in response to Tuesday’s officer involved shooting.

Parkway Plaza Shopping Center has also been closed, at the request of El Cajon Police Department, until tomorrow morning.

The latest revelation in the case, El Cajon Police Department spokesman Lt. Rob Ransweiler confirms, is that officers arrived at the scene at 2:10 pm Tuesday and that the shooting occurred at 2:11 pm. Putting officers on the scene only one minute before the fatal shooting took place.

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Broadway after officers responded to reports of a mentally unstable person walking in and out of traffic.

Officers report the person in question, later identified as Alfred Olango, took a “shooting stance” prompting them to take action which resulted in Olango’s death. The officer who Olango pointed the unidentified object at shot him several times while the other officer administered a taser.

Photo released by El Cajon Police Department from the incident, taken from a witnesses cell phone.

Photo released by El Cajon Police Department from the incident, taken from a witnesses cell phone.

The police were called to the scene by Olango’s sister. After being shot multiple times, 38-year old Olango died in the hospital. He was a refugee from Uganda and working as a cook. It is reported that he suffered mental illness and it is possible that he had suffered a seizure shortly before the incident. No weapon was recovered from the scene.

Both officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. Reuters reports that the officer who fired the taser had received previous special training from San Diego County’s Psychiatric Emergency Response Team.

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