Pamela Anderson called police to her home because her son, James, had stopped taking his medication for a “mild mental illness” and she wanted them to escort him to a hospital, as police had done in the past. She explained that her son was unarmed and not violent,. When officers arrived she was waiting on the porch to let them know he was in his first-floor bedroom listening to music. The police then entered the bedroom, and James was carrying a “knife-like” object. Police, unsuccessfully, tried to subdue James with taser. Afterwards, James continued to advance in a threatening manner according to police. Before James reached the police officers, he was fatally shot seven times.
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