SACRAMENTO (AP) — The estranged wife of a man who was fatally shot by two California Highway Patrol officers said he had bipolar and personality disorders.
The officers fired at a gun-wielding man on a street near Interstate 80 in Sacramento on Friday after he pointed the weapon at them and ignored their command to drop the gun, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Turnbull said.
The coroner’s office identified the man Saturday as 38-year-old Jason King.
His estranged wife, Michelle Morrison-King, told the Sacramento Bee she spoke with King on the phone about 1 ½ hours before he was shot.
She said King jumbled his words, causing her to be concerned about his well-being, and she offered to take him to the hospital. King declined and said he was fine, she said.
She said King did not like to take medication prescribed to treat his mental health issues and that his condition has worsened in the past few years.
“He was just a person who was in a lot of pain and he was trying to do the best he could with his disease,” Morrison-King said.
Sacramento County court records show King had several run-ins with the law since 1997, including two felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and two misdemeanor charges or assaulting a parking enforcement officer. Those charges were later dismissed.
The officers, 20-year and 8-year CHP veterans, were placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation into the shooting.