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Officers may have confused man’s electronic scale for gun before fatal shooting

By Jennifer Courtney November 12, 2010 No Comments Print Share

Oakland Police released new information today in the killing of an East Oakland barber, telling reporters that the metal object officers saw the man repeatedly reach for near his waistband was in fact an electronic scale, commonly used to weigh drugs. A small jar of marijuana was also found in his pocket, police said.

Derrick Jones, 37, was fatally shot in the chest by two Oakland Police officers Monday evening after authorities responded to a domestic dispute call between Jones and his ex-girlfriend at a corner laundromat next door to the Kwik Cuts barbershop he owns on Bancroft Avenue.

The police department says that when officers approached him at about 9:40 p.m. November 8, Jones fled to nearby Trask Street, where he repeatedly reached for his waistband, prompting officers to fire at him. But Jones was unarmed, and up until now police have said while a metal object was found on his body, they would not release what that object was.

The San Francisco Chronicle also reports today that unnamed sources have identified the officers involved in the shooting as Omar Daza-Quiroz, who has been with the department for four years, and Eriberto Perez-Angeles, who has three years on the force and is a member of the SWAT team.

The police department has not officially released their names.

Police say Jones had been violently beating the woman — whom he previously was in a relationship with — prompting her to call 911. But members of Jones’ family and friends say the woman had been harassing Jones at his shop for several hours that day and he was senselessly killed.

Contact Jennifer Courtney at jcourtney@californiabeat.org.

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