An off-duty police officer was on standard paid administrative leave after fatally shooting a man armed with a BB gun in a Modesto park Sunday night.
Modesto police said Officer Thomas Miller with the Ceres Police Department was at Beyer Park around 10:30 at night with a woman. The park was closed at that hour. Investigators said 29-year-old Jason Moland confronted Miller with a BB gun and Miller responded with gunfire.
"We found an off-duty Ceres officer providing CPR to a man that had been shot on the ground," Heather Graves, spokesperson for the Modesto Police Department,said.
Moland was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.
"What is an off-duty officer walking around with his gun for?" Tyrone Johnson, Moland's cousin, wanted to know. "It just doesn't make no sense to me."