Topeka The nephew of a man who was fatally shot by Topeka police officers last week said his uncle was suffering from depression and likely wanted to be shot.
Bruce Cain, 50, of Topeka, died around 5 a.m. Thursday after being shot when he got out of his pickup truck with what appeared to be a gun in his hand. Police said Cain refused to obey officers’ demands and making a threatening move toward them.
“The gun he brandished wasn’t a real gun,” Mathew Evertson said. “It was suicide by cop.”
Evertson said he went to the newspaper because he felt the need to let people know his uncle was not a bad person, but instead someone who had some personal problems.
“I wish more details would be reported and stop making my uncle look like a criminal as opposed to sick,” Evertson said. “He was sick. Not bad.”
Police Chief Ron Miller said he couldn’t comment on the shooting because it was being investigated by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.
A sheriff’s report issued Friday identifies three Topeka police officers as victims of an aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer.