A man shot and killed by police in Suisun City on Thursday afternoon has been identified as 32-year-old Saan Pao Saeteurn, Fairfield police said. Saeteurn was sitting at a metal picnic table at a boat launch near Kellogg and Walnut streets with what looked like a rifle when police arrived on reports of a gun at 4:50 p.m., police said.
Police from Fairfield and Suisun City attempted to negotiate with Saeteurn to get him to leave the gun, but he threatened the officers and said that he was suicidal, according to Fairfield police. The standoff lasted for over 14 minutes, when Saeteurn threatened the officers and was fatally shot. The gun he was carrying turned out to be a pellet gun made to look like a rifle. Police said witnesses concurred that it was indistinguishable from a real gun without handling it. Saeteurn had a long criminal history including arrests for theft, battery, possession of stolen property, narcotics, resisting arrest and false impersonation, police said.
At the time of the shooting he was on probation for arson. He has been volatile and combative with officers in recent encounters with police, and has a history of substance abuse, according to police. Prior to the shooting, he had been using methamphetamine and alcohol, and police said that he had recently told friends he was suicidal. Saeteurn had addresses in both Fairfield and Suisun City. Six officers have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, according to Fairfield police.
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