Police shot a man when he apparently pulled a vaping device from his pocket and held and aimed it as though it were a handgun. Alfred Okwera Olango, 38, was killed in El Cajon, CA, on Tuesday. El Cajon is a small city about 15 miles northeast of San Diego.
Olango may have been mentally ill, according to USA Today. The paper reported that Olango’s sister called authorities, asking for help preventing him from walking in traffic. When police arrived, they apparently confronted the man, and he pulled the mod from his clothing and brandished it like a weapon.
Police told Good Morning America that Olango “rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer, taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance.” One police officer shot him with a taser, and another fired his handgun several times. Olango was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police told the press that the device the man held was a Pioneer4You vape mod and a SMOK TFV Mini atomizer.
The San Diego district attorney’s office is investigating the event, according to USA Today. Since the shooting, protesters have assembled at the shooting site after a growing sense in the community that this is part of a larger problem of police killings.