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.