The neighbor who called the police on a man breaking into cars in his neighborhood now regrets reaching out to 911 for help.
Sacramento, California resident Dean Reiling said he probably would not have called the police on Stephon Clark if he had know it would lead law enforcement officers to fatally shooting him, reports KTXL.
“If I had known it was him across the street, I probably wouldn’t have called 911,” Reiling told KTXL. “I would have just met him at his house, you know?”
Reiling called police officers March 18 to report a man in a hoodie, which would turn out to be Clark, breaking into his car. When officers arrived to the scene, they fired 20 shots at Clark, killing him. They claimed he approached them with arms stretched out holding what appeared to be a gun.
The only thing recovered by Clark’s body was a cellphone.
“I never really knew him knew him. But I knew of him. He was a nice guy, he didn’t deserve that, even if he was breaking my windows out,” Reiling told FOX40.
An independent autopsy conducted by the family revealed eight bullets hit Clark, six of which entered from his back.
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