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Jurors: Officer acted reasonably in deadly El Cajon shooting

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 20:39:05-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- Jurors Wednesday found that an officer in El Cajon acted reasonably when he fatally shot Ugandan Immigrant Alfred Olango.

The jury found Richard Gonsalves' actions not negligent 12-0.

On September 27, 2016, Olango’s sister called 911 to report that her 38-year-old brother was displaying erratic behavior and walking out into traffic.

Two officers arrived and spotted Olango in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on the 800 block of Broadway, ordering him to remove his hands from his pockets.

Olango pulled something out of his pocket officers believed was a gun and, according to police, he assumed “what appeared to be a shooting stance” and made some kind of movement.

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At that moment, one of the officers deployed a stun gun on Olango, but Officer Richard Gonsalves fired his gun at least four times Olango.

Olango was pronounced dead, and police later determined that the object in Olango’s hand was an e-cigarette device.

El Cajon police eventually released two videos that showed the shooting, but Gonsalves was never relieved of his duties.

Less than four months after the shooting, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office determined police were legally justified in firing at Olango and no criminal charges were filed against Gonsalves.