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Authorities investigate shooting death of man by police

January 4, 2020 GMT

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities are investigating the death of a knife-wielding man who was shot and killed by police responding to a domestic disturbance call made by the man’s mother who also died at the scene.

Davis police say they suspect Christopher Gray, 29, of stabbing his mother, Carol Gray, to death.

Davis police arrived at the home of Carol Gray, 62, shortly before 4 a.m. Dec. 19 after she called in saying that her son was being verbally aggressive and making threats, deputy police chief Paul Doroshov said in a press release issued Thursday.

The phone call is interrupted by a male voice and ends with Carol Gray crying out in pain, according to 911 audio released by police.

Officers arrived at the house and could see through a window a person, later identified as Carol Gray, under a sheet inside the residence, according to the release. They could also see a male, identified as Christopher Gray, in a front room.

Body camera video released by police shows one officer used a Taser to shock Christopher Gray, but he recovered and lunged toward police with a knife or knives in his hand. Three of the five officers fired at Gray.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave but have since returned to regular duty while the Davis Police Department and West Sacramento Police and Yolo County district attorney’s office conduct separate investigations.

Police say they received numerous domestic disturbance calls from Gray’s home dating back to 2009.