The Sacramento County Coroner’s office has identified the man as Paul Westbrook, 37, of Sacramento
According to Sacramento police, two officers in a squad car were on routine patrol near Marysville Boulevard and Harris Avenue about 4 a.m. June 19 when they tried to speak with a man who was on foot. The officers soon realized that he was wanted on outstanding warrants, including one for possession or teargas by a convicted felon.
The man failed to respond to officers’ commands and took off running, police said. The officers chased him through an alley just east of Marysville Boulevard. Officers pursued him and when they were in close proximity, the man reportedly produced a knife. Fearing for their safety, one of the officers fired his weapon, striking the man in the upper body, police said.
Westbrook died at the scene.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Westbrook had a history of offenses dating back to 2000. He was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading no contest to stalking in 2011. He also was sentenced to two years in prison is 2000 after pleading no contest to robbery.