Friends and family of Ryan Shannon, the man who reportedly forced Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies to open fire on him, say the 41-year-old veteran had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Sheriff’s investigators say Shannon was armed with what turned out to be a replica of a rifle. He was shot and killed by deputies March 2.
“I hold no remorse or anger toward those (deputies). They don’t know whether those weapons were replica of not,” Shannon’s husband, Sal, told FOX40. “I pray they find peace in their heart.”
Ryan Shannon himself also wore a uniform as a United States Marine. He served in Afghanistan, but came back changed.
“They come back broken, and they come to a broken system,” Sal Shannon said.
March 2 was the second episode he’d suffered since returning from overseas.
“He was fighting and trying to get help for his issues but because of back logs, red tape, government cutbacks and shutdowns, he was waiting and waiting to get help,” family friend Kim Butts said.
Sheriff’s detectives say materials left behind by Ryan Shannon indicated he’d intended to commit suicide by cop.
Shannon’s family says that though it’s too late for Ryan to get help, it’s not too late for other veterans with PTSD.
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A memorial fund has also been set up. It is at the Golden 1 branch at 8945 Cal Center Drive, Sacramento, Calif. 95826. ABA No. 321175261. Account No. 1592939-0.