Fiancé of Man Killed by Yuba City Police Speaks Out

Jan 27, 2014 8:24 PM

The fiancé of the man shot to death by Yuba City Police is speaking out to Action News Now.

She said her fiancé did not deserve to be shot and killed. Rather, he just needed help.

She said he was out of work

Shauna elder told Action News Now that this all started as Kevin McCoshum was beating his head with a gun in a room inside their mobile trailer. She said he suffered severe head trauma as a result, and started staggering around.

After a disagreement about going to the hospital, Elder called 911 for an ambulance.

Police responded to unit number four of a mobile home park on Wilbur Avenue.

There they found Elder and McCoshum. Police said McCoshum failed to put down his rifle and then moved it in a threatening manner.

Elder said he had the gun pointed down as cops moved in on her fiancé.

“I yelled please don't shoot, please don't shoot, and then pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, five shots, and down he went,” Elder said.

The Yuba City Police Department confirmed today that all officers have been put on paid administrative leave while the Sutter County District Attorney's Office investigates.

Elder also told Action News Now she was, for lack of a better word, “detained” for about three hours in a squad car before being brought to the police station.

“I just want people to know he wasn't a bad guy, he just needed help,” Elder said. “He didn't deserve to die.”


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