Authorities said a man fatally shot Thursday by an Oakland police sergeant was reaching for a gun, but the shooting has ignited a community outcry after witnesses said they never saw a gun and the officer overreacted.
Investigators said a loaded revolver was found in the waistband of the man's pants.
The man, identified on Friday as Gary W. King, 20, was shot twice in the back after authorities said he broke away from Sgt. Pat Gonzales during a struggle and appeared to twist and reach for the weapon.
One witness, Ailene Romero, said she never saw a gun, and Gonzales shot King as he was running away.
"There were a lot of young people there, and people just started screaming," Romero said.
The shooting happened about 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the 5300 block of Martin Luther King Jr.