Man fatally shot by West Sacramento police identified as former enforcement officer, police volunteer

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The Latest (Monday, Sept. 14): 

The Yolo County coroner has identified the man shot and killed by police early Saturday morning as a former enforcement officer and police volunteer for the city of West Sacramento. 

West Sacramento police officials say 88-year-old West Sacramento resident Robert Coleman was shot on West Capitol Avenue.

Officials released the following statement regarding Coleman’s death, which reads in part:

Many people are impacted any time a life is lost. In this case, Mr. Coleman was not only a loving husband and a caring father, but he was also a member of the West Sacramento Police Department family for almost 10 years. Mr. Coleman began his career with the City in the late 1990s as a Code Enforcement Officer, then as a Parking Enforcement Officer, and lastly as a Volunteer in Policing until 2004. According to Mr. Coleman’s family, he had recently been struggling with mental illness and had expressed suicidal ideations. We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy and ask that you keep the Coleman family in your thoughts. 

Mr. Coleman’s condition, although relevant, will not impact the investigative efforts to scrutinize the actions of the involved officers. That investigation continues to be led by the Davis Police Department.

West Sacramento Police Department

The city will release footage of the incident from body cameras and dashcams.

Original story below:

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Officers in West Sacramento shot and killed a man early Saturday morning, according to the police department.

“We heard gunshots. It was like, ‘bang, bang.’ Like, maybe two, three times,” said witness Titiana Ruvalo.

Ruvalo says she and her husband rushed outside and watched the scene unfold from their second-story porch.

According to police, officers responded to the area of West Capitol Avenue near Poplar Avenue around 3 a.m. concerning reports of an armed suspect.

Officials said the people who reported the suspect told police “they observed an African American Male Adult, approximately 30 years of age, holding a firearm.”

Several police units arrived in the area and continued searching for the suspect, making contact with someone who was found not to be related to the report and resumed the search.

As the search continued, police said one officer noticed someone seated in a vehicle behind the police units at Merkley Avenue and Poplar Avenue. 

As the officer attempted to contact the driver, police said “the unidentified adult African American male exited the vehicle armed with a handgun.”

But Ruvalo disputes that claim.

“He was inside the car,” Ruvalo said. “I saw them run towards the car and pull him out and try to perform CPR on him.”

There were six officers at the scene and four of them shot at the suspect, according to police.

Police did not provide any details on how many shots were fired nor how many times the man was struck by gunfire.

The statement by police said, “they immediately requested emergency medical personnel to the scene as they themselves performed life saving measures.” 

When paramedics arrived, the suspect was declared dead. 

No other injuries were reported to any officers or bystanders. 

Police said multiple officers will be placed on administrative leave. 

The Davis Police Department will be conducting the shooting investigation.

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