DA, Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting Of Terminally Ill Man

May 20, 2008

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Witnesses and police gave conflicting accounts of the fatal shooting of a terminally ill, mentally disabled man by Long Beach police over the weekend, and the shooting remained under investigation Monday.

Roketi Su’e, 46, was killed at about 7 p.m. Saturday in a cul-de-sac in the 3400 block of 67th Way in North Long Beach as he was walking home from a birthday party. Police said he fought with officers, but witnesses said he was shot as he lay unarmed on the sidewalk.

A full autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

“He had no shirt on. He didn’t have a weapon. He never carried a weapon,” Su’e’s niece, Lagilelei Saolotoga, 36, told the Los Angeles Times.

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