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(EL CAJON, Calif.) — Officials in Southern California have released two videos of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Alfred Okwera Olango, 38, died after he was shot by an officer with the El Cajon Police Department Tuesday night. His sister had called 911 saying that he was “not acting like himself” and walking in traffic, endangering himself and others, police said.

When police arrived, Olango allegedly refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from his pocket, according to police. At one point, Olango “rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer, taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance,” police said Tuesday. That’s when one officer deployed his Taser and another fired his gun several times, striking Olango, according to police.

Olango’s death spurred protests in El Cajon, about 16 miles northwest of San Diego. On Wednesday, police revealed that the object Olango had pulled from his pants pocket was a vape smoking device. He did not have a gun on him when he was shot, according to police.

A representative for his family called on the district attorney’s office to release video of the shooting on Thursday.

Federal officials had tried twice to deport Olango, a refugee from Uganda — once in 2002 after he was convicted for transporting and selling narcotics, and again in 2009 after he served prison time for a firearms charge conviction in Colorado, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Olango had not reported to the agency as required since February 2015.

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