The man killed by a South Lake Tahoe police officer was not armed when shot at a motel earlier this week, according to a press release from the department.
Kris Jackson, 22, of Sacramento died Monday at a hospital following the shooting at the Tahoe Hacienda Inn, 3820 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The officer has told investigators that he “perceived a deadly threat from Kris Jackson” before firing a fatal shot, according to a press release.
Police provided a timeline summarizing dispatch records:
▪ 2:40:21 a.m. Call into dispatch received and the caller reports a female crying and screaming.
▪ 2:41:27 a.m. Two officers were dispatched.
▪ 2:47:28 a.m. Officers arrive on-scene.
▪ 2:49:39 a.m. The involved officer reports on the radio that someone is going out the back window.
▪ 2:49:57 a.m. The involved officer reports the shooting to dispatch.
▪ 2:50:13 a.m. An ambulance is requested.
▪ 2:56:46 a.m. The ambulance arrived on-scene.
Jackson died at about 5 a.m. after being taken to Barton Memorial Hospital.
A search of the shooting scene failed to turn up a firearm or other weapon, according to a police press release.
Meanwhile, Jackson’s family has retained a Sacramento attorney who questions whether the officer followed proper protocol. Lawyer Alan M. Laskin said that Jackson’s girlfriend, who was at the scene, did not hear a command to stop from the officer. Laskin also questions whether Jackson was a threat.
“He was shot while climbing out a window,” Laskin wrote in an email on Wednesday. “Does that sound like he posed a threat?”
Jackson was arrested June 1 by South Lake Tahoe police officers on suspicion of possessing several bags of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. On May 21, he was arrested by South Lake Tahoe police on a warrant out of Sacramento County for a failure to appear in court.
The officer who fired the fatal shot has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted. Once the investigation into the shooting is complete, it will be sent to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office for review.
The police department expressed sympathy to Jackson’s family in the press release, saying, “we recognize family members and loved ones will understandably grieve and express distress regarding the loss of life -- our condolences are expressed to those feeling such loss.”