SBPD shoots and injures homeless Tajuan Alexander, 32, in park

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The San Bernardino police have shot and injured a homeless man! Because he dared set foot in a park. Here's an article from the Sun:

Man shot, hurt by San Bernardino police at Nunez Park
By Doug Saunders, The Sun
SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that wounded a homeless man Tuesday afternoon at Nunez Park.

Officers were called to the park shortly before 1:45 p.m. for a call about a suspicious person.

The man, identified as Tajuan Alexander, 32 of Rialto, walked into the Casa Ramona Child Care center on park grounds, according to the centers executive director, Esther Estrada.

“He was told by our receptionist that he wasn’t allowed on the grounds,” Estrada said. “He told her he was looking for the park. She pointed him in the right direction, locked the center down and called the police.”

When officers arrived they tried to talk to Alexander who seemed very agitated, authorities said.

Officers began to give him commands in attempts to diffuse his agitation, when he aggressively moved toward officers, police Lt. Rich Lawhead said.

“Officers fired several non-lethal rounds striking him,” Lawhead said. “He charged them, grabbed the non-lethal shotgun and was about to butt-stroke the officer when the other officer fired his duty weapon.”

Alexander was struck in the lower extremities and his wounds are considered non-life threatening, Lawhead added.

He was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he’s listed in stable condition.

Detectives from homicide and internal affairs divisions were on scene as well as the chief of police.

Police at the scene said Alexander was going through a backpack, that contained what they believe were items from a reported burglary, when officers arrived.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Michele Mahan at 909-384-5619 or Sgt. Gary Robertson at 909-841-5361.