New Details Emerge about Man Shot Multiple Times by Officer

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SACRAMENTO --

With the sounds of the Frank Hannon band blasting through Sacramento's Caesar Chavez park, it was quite a scene on a Friday night.

But some in the crowd held signs of protest, instead of band signs, because of the scene that played out there just 24 hours earlier.

"Especially in a situation where, if someone is mentally unstable, there are ways to deescalate rather than to cause them great bodily harm," said protestor Laurie Blazich.

"There needs to be  accountability. There's other ways that they could have gone about a situation like that. We have non-lethal force like tasers and pepper spray and stuff like that," said community activist James Faygo Clark.

One day after a Sacramento police officer fired on a man he says threatened him with a knife, new details are emerging about the incident.

As FOX 40 reported Thursday, between the police and the homeless folks in and around Caesar Chavez park, there were very different accounts of what happened.

One witness who didn't want to be identified, shared what he saw.

"I heard no communication between officers and the victim. They kind of circled around him and next thing you know, gun shots," he said.

That man he says he rolled away from the scene, later partially climbing up a tree as bullets flew.

Officers are clarifying that the 28-year-old shot multiple times Thursday evening was not a homeless person hanging out in the park who was involved in a fight there.

The shooting victim's mother pulled her white car over near the park when she saw officers out there responding to that separate fight.

Police say she wanted help because her son was becoming irrational and threatening her.

"She was absolutely fearful of what was going on with her son. That's what compelled her to ask for that help," said Sgt. Doug Morse with the Sacramento Police Department.

"Officers gave him several commands. It was very apparent that the officers told him they saw the knife, that he had the knife, to drop the knife and he just didn't comply. He had no intention of complying," Morse said.

"You can imagine how frightening that would be for anyone in that situation, let alone approaching a law enforcement officer in that manner, advancing on them. So it's definitely a life-threatening situation," said Morse.

As of Friday night, the Sacramento county man wounded by city officers was listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

Officers say the department had had contact with him in the past because of other behavioral outbursts.

After being medically cleared, Morse says the shooting victim will face charges for threatening officers with a knife.

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