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* Margie Turner Aunt of Fletcher “Antoine” Jackson Questions Why He Was Shot by Police

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The aunt of a man killed Wednesday in an officer-involved shooting described her nephew today as a lively, fun-loving person and expressed anger about the circumstances surrounding his death. Fletcher “Antoine” Jackson, 30, was one was two men shot and killed at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday by officers responding to a tip about a violent crime about to be committed in the 3000 block of Curran Avenue, police said. Responding officers located a suspect vehicle with three males inside and tried to conduct an investigative stop, police Officer Holly Joshi said. Two armed men allegedly emerged from the vehicle and confronted police, and one was fatally shot, Joshi said. The other ran but was taken into custody after a quick search. The third suspect remained in the car but was shot during a confrontation, according to Joshi. Police have declined to release the details of that encounter.

Jackson was the man who stayed in the car but was eventually shot, accoridng to his aunt, Margie Turner. She said a neighbor who witnessed the confrontation said her nephew didn’t have a chance to run. “He was sitting in the car, and they opened fire on the car,” Turner said. Glass was shattered on the ground from the car windows, and Jackson was hit in the side, she said. Officers threw him to the ground when he got out of the car, and by the time paramedics arrived and tried to put an oxygen mask on him, he was panicked and gasping for breath, the neighbor told Turner. Jackson was later pronounced dead at Highland Hospital. “(The neighbor) didn’t want to tell me, but I had to know” the details, Turner said, her voice breaking. She said the other man killed was Fletcher’s best friend, John Sloan, who was also in his late 20s or early 30s. Police said the initial tip was about gang activity, but Turner said her nephew was not a gang member.

He had been arrested for drug offenses and parole violations, but lately he had been living with his girlfriend Amber in El Cerrito and flipping cars to support himself, Turner said. The couple has a 5-year-old son. “He loved to have fun and loved cars,” Turner said. “He’d go buy a car, fix it up, sell it, take the money and buy a couple more. He’s changed. That was his passion, those cars.” Turner said she didn’t know a lot about Sloan, but that he would hang out with the family and go to barbecues with them. “He was a nice kid,” she said. She acknowledged that police have a difficult and dangerous job, but said it doesn’t mean they can act like they have a “license to kill.” “What did they need to shoot (Jackson) for?” she said. “He didn’t even get to run. People don’t deserve to go down like animals.” The Oakland Police Department’s homicide unit and internal affairs division are investigating the case, as well as the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

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