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Police ID knife-wielding man shot by officers in south Sacramento

Police: Man with knives 'verbally challenged' officers before they shot

Sacramento Police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein says a man who had fled from a police vehicle in South Sacramento and was chased by officers reappeared with two knives and "verbally challenged" the officers before they fired. The man was killed, and the off
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Sacramento Police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein says a man who had fled from a police vehicle in South Sacramento and was chased by officers reappeared with two knives and "verbally challenged" the officers before they fired. The man was killed, and the off

A man who was shot and killed Friday by Sacramento police officers had a criminal past that included convictions for carrying concealed weapons, court records show.

Dazion Flenaugh, 40, of Sacramento, armed himself with knives and charged at officers before he was fatally wounded, police said.

The three officers who fired shots are on administrative leave as detectives investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death. As of Saturday, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office had not conducted an autopsy and was unable to describe Flenaugh’s wounds or the number of bullets that struck him.

Flenaugh had a history of criminal charges in Sacramento Superior Court dating back to 2003, court records show. Some charges were dismissed, but Flenaugh was sentenced to jail time and probation on two occasions for illegally possessing concealed weapons.

He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor concealed weapons charge in 2005 and was sentenced to three years of probation and 180 days in jail. He pleaded no contest again to another misdemeanor concealed weapons charge in 2011 and received two years of probation and 30 days in jail, court records indicate.

He had twice been sentenced for providing fake names to police and had pleaded no contest in 2012 to providing alcohol to minors.

Police said Friday’s incident began on the 7600 block of Prescott Way, which is in the Parkway neighborhood near Mack Road and Center Parkway.

Around 6:30 a.m. that day, longtime resident Jeffery Jones said he saw Flenaugh wandering the neighborhood looking drugged and confused.

“I said, ‘What can I do for you?’ ” Jones told reporters. “He said, ‘I’m lost.’ 

Flenaugh walked away but continued looking into homes, Jones said.

About two hours later, officers responded to a report of a suspicious person walking door to door, peering into homes and jumping fences, according to a news release from the Sacramento Police Department.

Police arrived on the scene, questioned Flenaugh and placed him in the back of a patrol car. He was not handcuffed, which department spokesman Sgt. Bryce Heinlein said was “routine” because officers were still trying to determine if a crime had been committed.

As police interviewed witnesses, Flenaugh started kicking inside the patrol car and attempted to pull the cage bars off the window, police said. Officers opened the door to check on him and he broke away and escaped on foot.

Police said Flenaugh began jumping fences as officers chased him. He broke into a house on Prescott Way, where he armed himself with a pickax, Heinlein said.

Flenaugh jumped another fence into a backyard and confronted a woman smoking a cigarette, police said. The woman screamed and ran inside the house, locking the sliding glass door behind her. He reportedly followed, breaking the glass, and the woman ran out the front door yelling for help.

Inside the home, Flenaugh reportedly traded the pickax for two large kitchen knives.

Police said he attempted to stab a different neighbor who came outside to see what was going on. The suspect then leaped over another fence. The neighbor was unharmed.

Police said neighbors told them Flenaugh was hiding near a car in a driveway on Center Parkway. They confronted him and gave him “commands to drop his weapons,” police said.

“At that point he verbally challenged the officers, and at that point officers fired their weapons,” Heinlein said. “He was struck and he is deceased.”

Heinlein estimated Flenaugh was within 15 feet of the officers when they opened fire.

Sacramento Police and a witness describe what happened after Dazion Flenaugh broke free from custody and evaded police by jumping into south Sacramento backyards. Officers said he was holding two knives and threatened them.

Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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