EL CAJON, Calif. – U.S. authorities twice tried to deport the man who was fatally shot by an El Cajon police officer Tuesday.
Alfred Okwera Loango, 38, who went by the name Alfred Olango, was behaving erratically and walking in traffic in a downtown district just east of Parkway Plaza mall Tuesday afternoon. Officers came into contact with Olango behind a restaurant in the 700 block of Broadway, police Capt. Frank LaHaye said.
Moments later, one of the officers shot Olango with an electric stun gun, and the other opened fire with his service gun. Witnesses reported hearing about five gunshots.
He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs, Olango arrived as a refugee in 1991 and was ordered deported in 2002 after being convicted on drug charges. The Ugandan government refused to take him, and he was released from ICE custody in 2003 under an order of supervision.
In 2009, Olango was returned to ICE custody after going to jail on a firearms charge in Colorado. ICE tried again to obtain a travel document from the Ugandan government, but once again attempts were unsuccessful. Olango was again released from ICE custody on an order of supervision.
Up until February 2015, he had been reporting to ICE as required, officials said. However, he failed to appear for an in-person appointment with ICE officers that month and had not been encountered by the agency since.
Public records show Olango moved to El Cajon in 2015.
FOX 5 talked with his cousin Anthony Williams who confirmed his cousin had recently returned to San Diego.
"It was like we were really just trying to get back together," said Williams. "Like when we were little."
According to social media posts, Olango went to San Diego High School and attended Mesa College in San Marcos. On his own Facebook page, he listed his job as head chef at a San Diego-area Hooters restaurant. He also listed his place of birth as Gulu, Uganda.
"He was a cool dude. He did not deserve what happened him. Nobody deserves that! Nobody deserves it." Williams said.
There is no reference to mental illness, which his cousin confirmed, but Williams did say he hadn't been close to Olango since they were kids.
"He didn't have no mental problems. They’re from Africa, he's really my baby sister's side of the family," Williams said.