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Sacramento Man Fatally Shot by the Police in His Backyard

Sacramento Man Fatally Shot by the Police in His Backyard

A sheriff's helicopter apparently spotted Stephon Clark in a backyard and alerted cops on the ground.

Police approached Clark, who they initially believed was armed with a gun, though no firearm was recovered from the scene, according to the Sacramento Bee.

On Monday, police said investigators did not locate any guns after "an exhaustive search" and that the only item found was a cellphone.

It's not clear from the bodycam footage whether Clark turned back toward the police.

At 9:18 p.m. Sunday night, officers responded to a call saying that a thin, 6-foot-1 black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark trousers was hiding in a residential backyard after breaking vehicle windows.

The man's aunt, Shernita Crosby, took part in the march organized by Black Lives Matter activists and told CBS13 she was 'mad as hell'.

Stephon Clark was in the backyard of the home he shared with his grandparents and some of his siblings when he was killed, Clark's brother told the Sacramento Bee.

This press release is a summary of the facts known at this time.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's helicopter circling overhead found a man in a backyard at about 9:25 p.m. and directed police officers toward him", authorities said.

Police said officers believed the object was a gun and fired, "fearing for their safety".

STAR then advised police that Clark had just picked up a "toolbar" and broke a window to a residence, before running south towards the front of the residence, where he stopped and was looking into another auto. "Gun, gun, gun", one of the officers yells before they begin shooting. Following deputies' directions, officers entered the frontyard of a home and observed the suspect along the side of the residence.

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Upon confrontation, officers ordered the young man to show his hands.

'The suspect immediately fled from the officers and ran towards the back of the home, ' the statement read.

Officers say that prior to the shooting officers saw the suspect coming towards them with his arms extended and holding an object in his hands, which they perceived as a firearm.

Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

"My granddaughter was laying right there on the couch", Clark's grandmother Sequita Thompson told KTXL. "Stop! Stop!" as Clark runs away from them toward the backyard. Clark's girlfriend and the mother of his two children, Salena Manni, said it was her iPhone 6 Plus that she had loaned to Clark.

Clark was holding only his cellphone - not a tool bar or a gun - when he encountered police, who fired at him 20 times, killing him. A nearby home also had a sliding glass door shattered, they said.

The officers who fired their weapons have been with the department for two and four years and also had several years of experience in other departments.

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Sacramento Police Department released a media statement describing the incident, and made public three videos and three audio files related to the incident.

Clark, who was a stay-at-home dad, has left behind two kids of ages 3 and 1. "Please help his family get justice".