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Angel Alan Gleason, 36
Ripon, California
February 23, 2016

Agencies: Stockton Police Department California | Manteca Police Department California

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A Stockton police officer who has been involved in a series of lethal and nonlethal shootings was involved in another fatal shooting earlier this week under a different name.

Angel Alan Gleason, 36, of Modesto was shot and killed by Stockton and Manteca police officers Tuesday on Jack Tone Road near Highway 99 in Ripon, authorities said. Gleason struck another car during a vehicle pursuit, causing it to roll down an embankment, and then pointed a gun at officers while attempting to flee on foot before he was shot, authorities said.

The Manteca Police Department identified its officer as Armen Avakian, a 25-year veteran. The Stockton Police Department identified its officer as Houston Stephens, an eight-year veteran assigned to the Delta Regional Auto Theft Task Force. The Record has learned that Stephens was formerly known as Houston Sensabaugh, who has been criticized by a small but vocal group of protesters who have demonstrated against a number of officer-involved shootings in recent years.

“We know he changed his name,” said Aaron Paradiso, who has led a number of protests in Stockton in the years since his brother, David Paradiso, was fatally shot by police after he stabbed a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge inside a Stockton courtroom. “People want to know, if you’re not ashamed of what you did and you didn’t do anything wrong, why would you hide from who you are?”

Officer Joe Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, confirmed that the officer involved in Tuesday’s shooting has changed his last name from Sensabaugh to Stephens. Silva said he could not discuss why Stephens chose to change his name. “He changed his last name for personal reasons, and we don’t have any further comment,” Silva said.