The Napa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who was shot by Napa police outside his home Sunday as 60-year-old Richard Steven Poccia.Sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said the shooting happened around 3 p.m. outside Poccia’s home at 1405 Meek Ave. in Napa. Four Napa police officers went to Poccia’s home after receiving a report that Poccia was suicidal and was seen with firearms earlier Sunday, Stuart said.Police called Poccia on the phone and asked him to come out of the house, Stuart said. Poccia complied but a confrontation ensued and an officer shot Poccia once, Stuart said. She could not confirm reports Poccia was first shot with a Taser.Poccia was pronounced dead at approximately 3:15 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, Stuart said. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and is still interviewing neighbors and several police officers who were at the scene, Stuart said.Four Napa police officers have been placed on administrative leave, Stuart said. Their names have not been released. Drew Ferneau, who lives at 1422 Meek Ave., said Poccia “was a really cool dude.”He was very relaxed, not wound up about anything, very polite and nice,” Ferneau said. “He was not a dangerous man by any means. I never thought this would happen,” Ferneau said.Mitchell Fraser, who lives at 1417 Meek Ave., said he was working on his roof when the shooting happened.Fraser said he saw Poccia come out of his house with his hands up and walk toward police. He said Poccia appeared to be cooperating with police but he then lost sight of Poccia and did not see the shooting but did hear a gunshot.
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