DA: Folsom Police Shooting was "Lawful"

3:40 PM, Jul 7, 2009   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Two Folsom police officers who shot and killed a knife-wielding man in his bedroom acted lawfully, a Sacramento County District Attorney's investigation concluded.

In a letter to Folsom Police chief Sam Spiegel, the district attorney's office said it reviewed crime scene video and photos, 911 calls, recorded interviews and a coroner's report to come to its conclusion.

Download the district attorney's letter here (11 pages, pdf)

Joseph Han, 24, was shot to death on April 12 by Folsom police officer Paul Barber and Sgt. Ron Peterson following multiple calls from Han's family reporting his erratic behavior.  Officers said they shot Han only after he made verbal threats and repeatedly approached them with a four-inch knife.  Attempts to subdue Han with tasers had failed, according to police.

The district attorney's report said Han had been walking around the house in the nude seeking sexual contact with his mother.  Family members told investigators he had been hallucinating, claiming he was God, and had not eaten in three days.

A toxicology report confirmed Han had been using marijuana before he was shot.

Written by George Warren gwarren@news10.net


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