Perhaps designed to satisfy your morbid curiosity or shed light on the workings of our society, Cops Shooting People provides a round up of each day’s local news stories of fatal police shootings (not necessarily faulting the officers) from across the country. It’s staggering how many of these happen. A random sampling:
THEODORE WANN, 23, ALLEGEDLY WIELDING SHOVEL, SHOT AND KILLED BY COPS IN YUCAIPA, CA
“A parent’s request for help in dealing with an agitated son led to the son’s shooting death by a sheriff’s deputy, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies were summoned at 6:25 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, to the 34000 block of Avenue G in Yucaipa, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. One of the man’s parents told deputies the son returned home exhibiting symptoms of paranoia and believing that he was being followed, the department said.
The parent also said that the son might have ingested drugs and wouldn’t settle down. When deputies arrived, the son, identified as Theodore Wann, 23, had fled on foot and was running through yards in the neighborhood, the department said. A deputy caught up with Wann, who immediately engaged the deputy in a physical altercation, the department said. Wann attacked the deputy with a shovel; the deputy, fearing for his life, shot Wann, who was pronounced dead at the scene.”