Though he himself didn’t shoot Stephon Clark to death, Sacramento resident Dave Reiling regrets making the 911 call that brought police to his Meadowview neighborhood on March 18, according to an interview with the Sacramento Bee.
Reiling was watching TV in a recreational vehicle parked outside of his wife’s house, just across the street from the house where Clark’s grandmother lived, when he heard glass breaking. Outside, he found windows broken in both of his trucks, plus a car across the street—and a man in a hoodie standing nearby.
Reiling said Monday he couldn’t make out facial features in the darkly lit part of the street. He was not sure if there was anything in the man’s hands, he said.
“He was standing on the driver’s side door looking over the truck at me,” Reiling said Monday. “I got my ball bat and started chasing him down the street.”
Once the man fled into a neighbor’s yard, Reiling called 911.
“He busted two of my windows in and he broke the car’s window across the street from me,” Reiling is heard telling the dispatcher on a 911 recording released three days after the shooting.
Clark was found to be only holding a cell phone at the time of the fatal shooting in his grandma’s backyard. Reiling says he can’t confirm if Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old father of two, was the man he pursued.
“I can’t tell you that because I didn’t see,” he said.
Days after the shooting, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said while he believed Clark was the man who allegedly broke car windows the night of the shooting, he could not “say factually it was him yet.”
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