OAKLAND — Somewhat different details of the events surrounding the fatal shooting of a suspect by Oakland police officers are coming out.
The attorney for two Oakland police officers who shot and killed a parolee says the suspect may not have fired his gun before the officers opened fire.
Attorney Mary Sansen says though 36-year-old Parnell Smith pointed a gun at officers, after the shooting witnesses showed investigators where he had apparently dropped the gun before he was shot.
Police spokesman Jeff Thomason is acknowledging that his comments that Smith started shooting while running from the officers were premature.
Thomason also says Smith was not a suspected rapist, but was wanted for allegedly violating parole.