A man was shot and killed by police 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 were called to the 600 block of North Cherry Street on a report that a bus driver was being assaulted by a man.
The shooting took place at Cross Avenue and Cherry Street, where officers confronted Reedom, who began fighting with them after the officers asked him to surrender, Hamlin said.
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A Taser was used on Reedom, but he began to run away. Two officers confronted Reedom, 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 Reedom was struck. About 10 rounds are heard being fired on the video.
Reedom 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.
Reedom was a standout running back at Tulare Union High School . He last attended Tulare Union in 2009, according to school officials. Principal Michelle Nunley said any other information about Reedom would have to come from Tulare Joint Union High School District.
According to the Maxpreps.com, Reedom rushed for 2,273 yards at Tulare Union, averaging 10.2 yards per carry.
Tuesday, interim police chief Barry Jones said the "seriousness of the situation does not escape us.”
Police got a 911 call of a man assault on a bus driver, and a responding officer got into an altercation with Reedom that is not in the video, interim police Chief Barry Jones said.
Reedom ran and was then contacted by a second officer who used a Taser, “but it was ineffective,” Jones said.
Another officer arrived, and one used a baton while the other attempted to use pepper spray.
“The subject obtained control of the baton and that’s when shots were fired,” he said.
One officer had 10 years of experience; the other had three years.
One officer suffered a broken nose in the incident and another had cuts and bruises to his face, the interim chief said.
A former landlord and neighbors who declined to be identified said Reedom had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in his teens. He was mostly raised by his grandmother, who took care of him until she died about two years ago, they said.
His behavior became increasingly erratic after his grandmother died, they said.