22-year-old Sean Monterrosa was shot and killed by a police officer who thought he had a gun in his sweatshirt.
Sean Monterrosa, a 22-year-old California man, was shot and killed by police in yet another fatal occurrence with the cops.
Early Tuesday morning, Monterrosa was fatally shot as he kneeled in front of Vallejo police, surrendering after he was suspected of breaking into and looting a Walgreens supermarket.
Chief Shawny Williams says that the young man was shot as he was surrendering when the officer noticed what allegedly appeared to be a gun inside of his sweatshirt. The object ended up being a hammer.
The cop shot Monterrosa five times through his car windshield, striking him with one fatal shot.
Williams says that it looked like Monterrosa was trying to flee the scene in a car before changing his mind and kneeling.
The officer that shot Monterrosa has reportedly been on the police force for 18 years and he has not been publicly identified.
"He did not see Mr. Monterrosa put his hands on [the hammer] in a threatening way. So the question here is what threat if any did he actually present," says Monterrosa family attorney John Burris.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave. Bodycam footage of the shooting will be released within 45 days by the department.
Rest in peace, Sean Monterrosa.