Police Unable To Locate Weapon Allegedly Seen Before Officer Involved Shooting

Shasta County Sheriff’s detectives have released what they’ve learned so far as they investigate what led up to the fatal shooting of a man by police in East Redding on Tuesday. It started with a 9-1-1 call from a resident of Crestlake Drive reporting that 48-year-old Donnell Lang was walking in the street acting strangely and watching some kids play basketball. The person tried to talk to him but Lang would not speak. The caller also said Lang had a small handgun, at times in his hand and at times in his waistband. Lang kept walking north onto the Lema Ranch trail system. Redding Police Officers began checking the area neighborhoods looking for Lang, and they spoke with someone who had been watching Lang through binoculars. That person also said he had a gun. An officer on Julian Street saw Lang and called for backup. When another officer arrived they both confronted Lang, who was then on Hemingway Street. They ordered Lang to show his hands and lay on the ground. he at first refused to cooperate and kept reaching toward his belt, but eventually he complied and laid down on his belly. one of the officers grabbed lang’s left hand and put him in a control hold as he prepared to handcuff him, but lang wiggled free and stood up. That’s when things went very wrong as Lang reportedly thrust his hand toward his waist. Fearing he was reaching for a gun, the other officer fired multiple rounds from his rifle, striking Lang in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No weapon has been found. Lang had a key fob, keys and a bulky wallet, but that’s all. The area has been repeatedly searched, including one of the nearby ponds using a dog trained to find guns. Many people in the neighborhood have been interviewed, and more witnesses are sought. Some residents of Hemingway Street say Lang was holding something in his hand, but they could not tell what it was. Lang has lived in Redding for two years. He was contacted by police twice in October and November after suspicious circumstances were reported in the Lema Ranch area.

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