VIDEOS: Man Armed with Knife Shot in Sacramento

September 21, 2016

Joseph Mann was shot 14 times during an armed confrontation with police in July, Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers, Jr. said Tuesday during a news conference.

Two police officers fired 18 shots at 51-year-old Mann in north Sacramento, missing only four times. On the morning of July 11, police said Mann was acting erratically, had a knife and disobeyed officers’ commands.

Mann’s family said earlier he was suffering from a mental health crisis at the time of the shooting.

Somers said Tuesday a specialized team that is able to assist officers with mentally ill subjects was not called out. He said a toxicology screening that recently came back shows Mann also had methamphetamine in his system.

North Sacramento resident Chris Gudis told a dispatcher he saw Mann with a gun, he said in an earlier interview with The Bee.

A second caller also told a dispatcher that Mann had a gun and knife, though she said she did not see the gun herself and was relaying information from someone else. The female caller also described Mann as mentally ill.

A dispatcher then told officers that Mann had a knife and gun, according to a tape released Tuesday.
From a cellphone:


But police have never found one and several other residents said they never saw a gun. Weeks after the incident, Gudis told The Bee, “I don’t know for sure exactly what it was. To me it looked like a gun.”

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