By Miriam Raftery
Photo, left, by Rebecca Williamson, during vigil at shooting sight this evening
September 28,2016 (El Cajon) –Amid mounting tensions and protests this evening, El Cajon Police released updates in yesterday’s fatal shooting of Alfred Okwera Olango.
The updated information reveals the Olango, an El Cajon resident, drew a vape smoking device from his pocket and pointed it at officers. The release also indicates a Psychiatric Emergency Response Team was unavailable due to being dispatched to another call.
A 10 News investigation found Olango had a criminal record including a 2005 arrest in Colorado as a felon in possession of a firearm—a semi-automatic pistol in the vehicle he was driving. He also pled guilty to receiving stolen property and driving under the influence in 1999, as well as selling cocaine in 2001.
In this confrontation, however, Olango did not have a gun or any other weapon. The Ugandan refugee who came to America after death threats to his famliy was shot and killed after his sister called officers for help due to her brother's erratic actions.
Tonight, crowds clashed with police. While organizers of a march and vigil sought to keep the peace, some protesters reportedly threw bottles at police and chased a counter-protester wearing a Trump hat after he shouted racial slurs.