[UPDATE 3:18 p.m.] Man Armed With a Knife Threatened Officers; Shot With Beanbag Gun
“This was a dangerous, disturbed individual threatening people,” Watson explained. The incident began around Harris and O Street with the suspect, Jamael Lowery, born 1988 in Eureka threatening people, Watson said. Lowery, he said, fled into a nearby gully. EPD officers “tracked” him.
“When officers went to confront him, he came at them with a knife,” the Captain explained. Then the man allegedly said something like “you’ll have to kill me,” Watson said. The man refused to drop the knife and came at the officers, he stated.
The officers had an extended range, less lethal option device, 12 gauge pump action loaded with beanbag rounds with them. “Otherwise they might have had to kill him,” Watson said. An officer fired it “a couple of times.”
“What very easily could have turned into an officer involved shooting,” said Watson was resolved without lethal force.
Officers have been being trained with these devices since last year. The department now owns eight of them, Watson explained. “This is the exact reason why we embark on this training program,” he said.
UPDATE 3:18 p.m.: Tweet from Chief Andrew Mills of the Eureka Police Department,
— Andrew Mills (@ChiefAndyMills) September 12, 2016