The 59-year-old Sacramento man who died after a six-hour police standoff Monday was killed by return fire from officers, Sacramento police reported Tuesday.
"There were no self-inflicted wounds," Sgt. Terrell Marshall said about preliminary autopsy results.
Venorrias E. Barnes was found dead in the home at 937 Eleanor Ave. he had shared with his wife since 1999.
Relatives said Barnes was despondent over his wife's death. She was buried Saturday.
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On Tuesday, the Barnes family questioned the police version of the shooting.
"I believe not enough was done to use nonlethal force," said the Rev. Ron Barnes, the slain man's brother.
"If he was shooting at them, there should be some evidence of bullet holes in their vehicles," said Barnes, of the World Praise Center Ministries of North Highlands.
"We have evidence that they fired at him. He's dead. Where is the evidence that he fired at them?" Barnes said.
Marshall said Tuesday that the crime scene was still being processed.
"These officers are highly trained. They are not going to shoot someone for no reason. They had to defend themselves and the community," Marshall said.
"This is a horrible tragedy for this family. It is sad, but understandable. They lost a mom and now a dad. They have a lot of emotion to go through," Marshall said.
Monday's incident began at 3:30 a.m. when neighbors called police to report that Barnes was firing rounds from his rifle in his yard.
Police reached him a couple times on the phone, but could not establish any meaningful communication with him, Marshall said.
"He was ranting, raving and cussing," Marshall said.
About four years ago, a similar shooting incident occurred and police arrested Barnes while he was asleep. He was prescribed medication for depression and should have been taking that medication Monday, family members said.
Police said that about 8 a.m. Barnes walked out his front door and leveled his rifle at officers and fired.
Two officers returned fire, but it was not clear at the time if they had hit Barnes because he walked back into his home and closed the door behind him.
The family said Barnes was found near the fireplace.
Monday's shooting was the third Sacramento police officer-involved shooting since April in which suicide appears to have been the objective, Marshall said.
In the two previous shootings, the suspects told others they wanted to die, but Barnes never expressed that wish.
"It is hard to say. He never said he wanted to kill himself, but his actions would indicate that is what he wanted," Marshall said.