UPDATE: Private funeral Saturday for Alfred Olango

Private funeral Saturday for Alfred Olango

Private funeral services are scheduled Saturday for Alfred Olango, the unarmed black man killed last week in a police-involved shooting in El Cajon and whose death sparked protests in that city over several days.

The family has asked that the services not be open to the public. They will be held at Bayview Baptist Church in Encanto. A viewing will be at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. 

Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan refugee who came to the United States when he was young, was fatally shot Sept. 27 during an encounter with two El Cajon police officers.

Police said they had received reports of a man getting into traffic near Broadway and Mollison Avenue, and that the man was behaving erratically.

Olango’s sister had called 911 asking for help for her brother because he was “not acting like himself.” Family members said later that Olango was not mentally ill, as some reports indicated, but was distraught over the recent death of a friend.

The officers found Olango in a parking lot behind a taco shop. Police said one officer fired a Taser and the other fired his gun when Olango pulled an electronic cigarette, or “vaping device,” out of his front pants pocket and aimed it at the officers.

The officers mistook the device for a gun, police said.

Initially, city and county officials had released only a still image from cellphone video a bystander had recorded, showing Olango in what police described as a “shooting stance.” Days later, they released the entire video from the cellphone recording and from a security camera.

The shooting remains under investigation by the city, District Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

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