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Family Of Man Killed By Redding Police Will File Wrongful Death Suit

A wrongful death lawsuit is being brought against the Redding Police Department for an officer involved shooting in Northeast Redding earlier this year. It started with a 9-1-1 call on April 2nd from a resident of Crestlake Drive reporting that 48-year-old Donnell Lang was walking in the street acting strangely. The caller also believed that Lang had a small handgun, at times in his hand and at times in his waistband. Lang kept walking north onto the Lema Ranch trail system. Redding Police Officers began checking the area neighborhoods looking for Lang, and they spoke with someone who had been watching Lang through binoculars. That person also said he had a gun. An officer on Julian Street saw Lang and called for backup. When another officer arrived they both confronted Lang, who was then on Hemingway Street. They ordered him to show his hands and lay on the ground. He at first refused to cooperate and kept reaching toward his belt, but eventually he complied and laid down on his belly. One of the officers grabbed Lang’s left hand and put him in a control hold as he prepared to handcuff him, but Lang wiggled free and stood up. That’s when police say Lang thrust his hand toward his waist and the other officer fired multiple rounds from his rifle. Lang was pronounced dead at the scene. No weapon was found. Lang had a key fob, keys and a bulky wallet, but that’s all. The area was repeatedly searched, including one of the nearby ponds using a dog trained to find guns, but nothing was found. Lang had lived in Redding for two years. His family and their lawyers will hold a press conference to provide details of the lawsuit on Thursday.