Friends puzzled by report of attack

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Jim is nobody that lunges at nobody with a knife,” said neighbor Tony Sellon, who became good friends with Weyenberg in recent years. “That was bad doctoring. That was some bad medicine.” Byron Schmidt, 81, lives around the corner from Weyenberg’s bungalow apartment and would regularly take Weyenberg’s dog for a walk. Weyenberg apparently had pain in his neck or back, and Schmidt said he had trouble sleeping. “He was under pressure and he kept telling me that he was taking pain pills and different things and he was not happy with the doctor,” Schmidt said. Weyenberg physically assaulted his wife and chased her with a knife before going after a neighbor, police said. When the officer arrived, Weyenberg advanced on him with the knife, and the officer opened fire. “He was very, very close,” said Jette, who had no comment when asked about Weyenberg’s possible prescription drug use. Police did not release the name of the officer because the investigation is ongoing. Weyenberg worked with his dad, who ran a business supplying equipment for preschools, Sellon said. He liked to go fishing and take care of his dog. “I don’t think Jim would have hurt anybody,” Schmidt said. “But in my mind, I don’t think he knew what he was doing.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – A knife-wielding man shot and killed by a police officer outside his Victory Boulevard apartment was on medication that might have clouded his judgment, neighbors said Monday. James Weyenberg, 42, was shot about noon Sunday after he tried to stab the officer with a medium-sized kitchen knife, police said. Moments before, Weyenberg was chasing his wife through traffic in the 1600 block of West Victory. A motorist parked his pickup truck between the couple to protect the woman, said Sgt. Jay Jette, a spokesman for the Burbank Police Department. Two neighbors described Weyenberg as a gentle man but said he was under stress and taking medication. last_img

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