SUISUN CITY — The victim of Thursday’s officer-involved shooting was suicidal, high on methamphetamine and holding a pellet gun, according to police.
Those details were released Monday about Saan Pao Saeteurn, 32, who had addresses in both Fairfield and Suisun City. Saeteurn was well-known to police and had an extensive criminal record, including a bench warrant for three offenses issued April 29 in Solano County.
Six Fairfield police officers have been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, said Officer Cleo Mayoral in a press release. The names of the officers were not released.
Officers from several agencies were called Thursday afternoon to the boat ramp in Suisun City for a report of a man with a rifle. Police found Saeteurn sitting at a picnic table, holding a rifle, and they began to try to talk him into putting the weapon down, according to police.
Saeteurn then told officers he was suicidal and made threats to them, police said. The standoff continued for 14 minutes until he threatened the officers with the rifle and was shot, according to a press release.
It was determined after the shooting that Saeteurn was holding a pellet gun manufactured to look like a rifle. Police described it as “nearly indistinguishable” from a real rifle without handling it.
Saeteurn’s criminal past includes arrests for theft, battery, possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics, resisting arrest and false impersonation, according to reports. Saeteurn was on felony probation for arson at the time of the incident, reports said.
Police described him as “combative and volatile” during past incidents.
After talking with witnesses, police reported that Saeteurn struggled with substance abuse and years of mental health treatment. He reportedly was using methamphetamine and alcohol before the incident, according to reports. He had also indicated to friends that he was suicidal, according to police.
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