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Man shot and killed after confrontation with California Police Officers

A man was shot and killed by police officers Monday in Tulare following a fight between the man, identified as Jontell Reedom, 27, and other officers, according to Tulare police Sgt. Jon Hamlin.

Hamlin, who confirmed Tuesday that Reedom, of Tulare, had died, said police officers were called to the 600 block of N. Cherry St. on a report that a bus driver was being assaulted by a male.

At Cross Avenue and Cherry Street, officers confronted a man who began fighting with officers after the officers asked him to surrender, Hamlin said.

A Taser was used on the man but he began to run away. Two officers confronted the man, who, based on video by a witness, continued to be combative. Then shots were fired by the officers, Hamlin said. It’s unclear if one or both officers fired their guns or how many times the man was struck.

 

The man was taken to a nearby hospital.

The officers were treated for minor injuries they got from the fight with the man, Hamlin said. They will be placed on administrative leave. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting.