Man shot and killed during a fight with Tulare Police identified

TULARE, Calif. (KFSN) -- The video taken by a passerby shows Jontell Reedom being pursued by a Tulare police officer and fighting with him.

The officer and his partner used a baton, tasered, pepper spray during the scuffle, but when Reedom took the baton away from one officer, shots were fired.

"It was a horrible thing to watch. He didn't deserve to die like that. I think there were other things that could have been done to de-escalate the situation," said the friend of shooting victim Amber Wilson.

Wilson and other who came to leave a memorial on the sidewalk where Jontel was killed saw the video and felt police went too far.

"I think they could have done it a better way than to take a life," said Rick Berry.

Tulare Police note Jonell was a suspect in a physical assault on a bus driver, and clearly, resisted arrest.

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Video of the confrontation between an assault suspect and Tulare Police officers captured by Action News viewer Jessica Rodriguez.

"During this altercation, the subject grabbed the officer's baton and that's when shots were fired," said Interim Chief Barry Jones.

The two police officers involved were injured one has a broken nose. Both have been placed on administrative leave while the Tulare County Sheriff's Department conducts an investigation into the shooting.

Friend Gabe Adulvar says Jontell had mental health problems in recent years and often wandered the streets but was known to police.

"I know they ran into him a lot because people would call because he was walking around a lot. But I don't want people to remember him like that. I want them to remember him like he was in high school. He was top notch, he was being recruited to Texas and USC," said Alduvar.
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