SAN LORENZO -- The family of a retired mechanic in failing health spoke out Tuesday after he was fatally shot Monday night while reportedly confronting Alameda County Sheriff's deputies with a baseball bat in his San Lorenzo home.

Authorities did not identify the 60-year-old man who was shot and killed, but family gathered outside the home at 97 Paseo Grande on Tuesday morning said he was David Goins, a retired mechanic originally from New York.

"If he had a firearm I can understand, but he had a baseball bat. They could have used a different tactic," said Francisco Aviles, of San Pablo, Goins' nephew. "Tasers? They work just fine. This was an old man ... who couldn't run 10 feet without being out of breath."

Paramedics were called at 9:38 p.m. to the home for a report of the man suffering from seizures. As they tried to escort him to an ambulance, he became combative and retreated to his home, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

Deputies were called for backup around 10 p.m. When they entered the house for a welfare check, the man struck a sergeant's arm and his patrol rifle with a baseball bat, according to Nelson.

The sergeant and a deputy fired multiple rounds at the man, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, Nelson said.

Goins was married and lived with his wife Belinda, who was home at the time of the shooting, Aviles said. The couple has three adult sons -- all from the Bay Area -- who weren't home at the time.

Goins, one of 11 siblings, underwent brain surgery four months ago, and due to a stroke he suffered a few years back, walked with a cane, said Aviles, 26.

"This was not the way it should have gone down," said Aviles. "They could have shot him in the arm. They didn't have to gun him down."

Aviles said his uncle and his wife have been married for more than 30 years and that they raised their three sons in the home.

"This whole situation is devastating for the whole family," Aviles said. "He was a father, a brother, an uncle and a grandfather. He's a gentle giant."

He also defended his uncle's behavior, saying, "It's normal for someone to be combative who is having a seizure."

Police have been called to the home 19 times since 2011 for domestic disputes and reports of intoxication, according to Nelson. He did not say who was involved in those incidents or if anyone was detained or arrested.

On Tuesday morning, authorities had taped off three blocks around the one-story tan home and the coroner's van was in front of the house. An autopsy will likely take place Wednesday, Nelson said.

The neighborhood is located near Interstate 880, where it joins with Interstate 238.

Both officers involved in the shooting are veterans of the Sheriff's Office and will be placed on paid administrative leave, Nelson said.

The shooting remained under investigation on Tuesday.

Staff photographer Laura Oda and staff writer Rick Hurd contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.