The death of a man who allegedly charged at Woodland police officers with a knife this morning is that city’s second officer-involved shooting in less than three months.
Sgt. Brett Hancock said officers were summoned shortly before 6 a.m. to the College Manor Apartments in the 400 block of Elliot Street to investigate reports of a disturbance. When they arrived, they encountered a man with a knife in his hand, he said.
Despite multiple orders to do so, “he didn’t drop the knife and he charged at one of the officers and forced the officer to shoot,” Hancock said. It was not immediately clear whether the man died at the scene or at a hospital.
His name has not been released pending notification of his next of kin by Yolo County coroner’s officials. He was believed to be a resident of the apartment complex.
According to Hancock, about a half-hour passed between officers’ initial arrival on scene and the shooting. “It looks like they tried to converse with him quite a bit,” he said.
Hancock said both the officer who discharged his weapon and a second officer who witnessed the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation into whether the shooting was justified. The Davis Police Department is taking the lead on that probe, with assistance from county and state law-enforcement agencies.
The name of the officer who fired his weapon was expected to be released later today.
The incident comes less than three months after a Woodland police officer fatally shot 26-year-old Brandon Lee Macias Jimenez, who reportedly had taken a woman hostage and held a gun to her head on Thomas Street on the morning of May 30.
Woodland police did not release that officer’s name, saying he had been subjected to multiple threats to his personal safety.
Read the complete story in Tuesday’s Enterprise.