Napa Police Shoot, Kill Man Outside His Home

NAPA (KCBS / BCN / AP) – A man was killed on Sunday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting in Napa, the Napa Police Department said Monday.

Napa police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Meek Avenue at the eastern edge of the city around 3 p.m. Sunday to check on the welfare of a potentially suicidal person, police said.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Officers were able to reach the individual, later identified as 60-year-old Richard Steven Poccia, by telephone and convinced him to come out of his house, police said. Then Poccia came outside and began to communicate with officers, police said.

A confrontation somehow began between the potentially-suicidal Poccia and officers, and it culminated with a stun gun being used. He was then shot by officers a few moments later, police said.

A friend, Prentice Steffen, told the Napa Valley Register newspaper that Poccia was a nurse who had been on disability for post-traumatic stress from working years in psychiatric hospitals.

Witnesses said Poccia appeared to have his hands up and they heard only one shot fired.

No other injuries were reported from the incident.

The case was being investigated by the Napa County Sheriff’s Department under the guidelines of the county’s officer-involved shooting protocol, police said.

The involved officers were placed on administrative leave in accordance with standard operating procedure, police said.

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