I knew a woman whose son walked into a police department while under the influence, with a gun, and started shooting. I believe it was the Roseville Police Department and occurred during the 1980s. What happened to this man? Is he still in jail?
– Cathy, Sacramento
On Feb. 10, 1995, 25-year-old Shawn David Brackin pulled a gun in the lobby of the Roseville Police Department, triggering police gunfire that wounded him and killed 30-year-old Officer Mark A. White.
In a negotiated resolution of the case, Brackin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of assault with a firearm with the understanding he would be declared not guilty by reason of insanity on the homicide count. He was committed to a minimum stay of 11 years in a state mental hospital and sent to Atascadero State Hospital.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Brackin went to the Police Department, produced a gun at the reception desk and pointed it at a bystander, prompting a clerk to run from the lobby shouting “9-1-1 … man with a gun!”
In the chaos that ensued, Brackin was shot in the stomach and fell backward into a chair. White was mistaken for an accomplice and fatally shot by a fellow officer when he entered another part of the lobby in plain clothes with his service revolver drawn.
Brackin suffered severe head trauma when he was 6 years old and had a 20-year history of documented mental problems. Brackin’s father said he believed his son entered the police station intending to commit suicide by forcing officers to shoot him.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.