This sentence from an article strikes me as somewhat unusual. Since the modified antecedent is a point in time, why is "that" the relative pronoun instead of "when"?
I met Jonathan Annicks shortly after the night two years ago that he was shot sitting in his brother’s car outside his home.
Also, can the relative pronoun in this situation be omitted? Namely, can I write a sentence such as:
I met him shortly after the night he was shot.
This sentence reads totally fine to me, but according to several online sources the relative pronoun can be left out only when it is the object of the verb in a defining relative clause, but this sentence doesn't seem to be such a case.