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Witnesses Dispute Story In Officer-Involved Oakland Shooting
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Investigators at Oakland police are trying to piece together what happened Saturday night when an officer shot and killed an Oakland man she said was armed with a hatchet. Some witnesses and family of the man say he was a neighborhood handyman and carpenter, and was not causing a disturbance.
“You could see her charging her gun at Brownie telling him to put his ax down while he was at the store,” said Tolin’s store employee Riad Elhai. “[The ax] was in his hand facing the floor... She was telling him to put his ax down. He would just tell her, ‘For what? I didn't do nothing'. And when he was trying to walk out the store… that's when she started to shoot the gun at him.”
Store employees claim they never flagged down police and say Polk was not causing trouble.
Polk leaves behind a 16-year-old son. His mother died just three months ago from cancer so he is now left without parents. Polk's family says they want to get to the bottom of what happened.