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Sacramento police chief: 18 shots fired in fatal shooting

Posted 8:09 p.m. Tuesday

— Sacramento police are releasing more details about the fatal police shooting this summer of a homeless man, including police dash-cam videos of the incident.

Police Chief Sam Somers revealed Tuesday that officers fired 18 shots, 14 of which struck 50-year-old Joseph Mann during the July 11 incident.

In 911 emergency recordings, one caller said Mann waved a knife in the air. Another said he pulled a gun out of his pocket.

The chief says no gun was located, although police found a knife.

Mann's family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that police should not have used lethal force because Mann showed overt signs he was in the midst of a mental crisis.

Somers says a toxicology screening shows Mann also had methamphetamine in his system.


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