Crime & Justice

Video suggests Sacramento police drove at man they then shot

This screen shot is from dashcam footage from Sacramento police that indicates that police tried to run over a suspect before he was shot to death.
This screen shot is from dashcam footage from Sacramento police that indicates that police tried to run over a suspect before he was shot to death.
Footage obtained by Sacramento Bee

Dashboard audio indicates two police officers may have tried to hit a homeless man with their police cruiser before fatally shooting him in Sacramento this summer, a newspaper reports.

The Sacramento Bee enhanced the audio on videos released by police, including the voices of two officers who shot 50-year-old Joseph Mann July 11.

The officers can be heard saying "I'm gonna hit him" and "OK, go for it" before appearing to drive their cruiser toward Mann. He dodged the car twice. The officers followed on foot and shot him 14 times. The footage obtained by the Sacramento Bee can be seen below. Warning: The video is graphic and also contains profanity.

According to the audio, Mann also told officers he did not have a gun, contrary to a 911 report. Police say no gun was found, although they found a knife.

Police spokeswoman Traci Trapani declined to comment Friday.