A Manteca man who witnesses said charged police officers with a knife in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 on Feb. 10 died from his injuries Thursday in the San Joaquin General Hospital, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
It was deemed as probably an attempt at suicide by cop as some witnesses noted.
Jose Alberto Feliciano, Jr., 59, rushed officers on Wednesday, Feb. 15, after he was found walking in a southerly direction in the fast lane of northbound Highway 99 with motorists attempting to avoid him. Officers said the investigation indicated that the man had entered the freeway from the Lathrop Road off ramp to the north of the scene and continued down the freeway next to the center divider.
They said the man ignored continuous orders to drop the knife as they got out of their vehicles and stopped traffic in both directions on the freeway, backing motorists up for miles. Officers reportedly shot at the victim three times when he charged them with a knife after 15 to 20 minutes of negotiations.
Manteca police public information Officer Michael Aguilar said that a CHP officer first attempted to deploy a stun gun on the man but the effort failed with the subject continuing to advance in a threatening manner. The freeway remained closed for two hours in the southbound lanes and up to 5 p.m. in the northbound lanes while an investigation of the scene was ongoing.