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Man questions events that led to brother’s death by Sacramento police

The brother of the man killed by officers Monday morning on Del Paso Boulevard questions why police did not use a Taser to subdue his brother.

Robert Mann Sr., the brother of Joseph Mann, 50, who was shot by officers in the Sacramento Police Department, told The Associated Press that his brother was never violent.

He also told the AP that his brother had suffered from mental illness and was homeless.

An internal investigation is being conducted, overseen by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Public Safety and Accountability. The two officers involved in Mann’s shooting were placed on administrative leave. Both officers have more than 25 years of experience with the Sacramento Police Department.

The events that led to Joseph Mann’s death began about 9:25 a.m., when police received a report that an armed man was acting erratically at an apartment complex on Lochbrae Road.

Other witnesses reported a man with a knife and one described him as having a handgun in his waistband, Sacramento police said.

An officer in a patrol car began following Mann as he swung his hands in the air as if performing karate chops, witnesses said. When officers tried to contact Mann and calm the situation, he threw an object at one of the police vehicles, according to a police news release.

Police said Mann, still armed with a knife, took a “combative” posture toward officers and failed to comply with commands. He seemed to be reaching for his waistband to retrieve a weapon, police said. Police have not confirmed whether a gun was found.

Officers continued to tell Mann to drop the knife and warned other people by loudspeaker to stay back because of the potential danger.

Mann made his way to Del Paso Boulevard, where he came close to a woman before running into oncoming traffic. Another officer arrived on the scene and Mann charged at the vehicle with a knife held above his head, according to police.

Because the officer could not safely exit his patrol car, he locked his doors.

Mann continued northeast along the boulevard, where businesses already had opened for the day, as the officers pursued him. Two other officers on foot chased him near the 1300 block of Del Paso Boulevard.

Mann turned toward them, still armed with the knife. It was then that two officers, fearing for their lives and worried he might hurt other people in the area, fired their service weapons, hitting Mann “multiple times,” according to police.

Mann was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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