Vallejo police shoot, kill man carrying handgun

6:19 AM, May 25, 2012   |    comments
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VALLEJO, CA - An armed 53-year-old Vallejo man was shot and killed by police officers just after midnight on Friday morning.

Lt. Ken Weaver of the Vallejo Police Dept. said officers were called to the 2000 block of Sonoma Boulevard around 11:57 p.m. by a man alleging an individual had pulled a gun on him.

According to Weaver, officers arrived at Sonoma Boulevard and Capitol Street, and were directed to the suspected gunman's location by the reporting party. Officers saw the man walking away at a fast pace and ordered him to stop. The man looked over his shoulder at the officers and continued to walk away before withdrawing a handgun from his pocket and turning towards them, said Weaver.

The officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, but he continued to turn towards them, Weaver said.

Fearing for their lives, the officers opened fire and struck the man who fell to the sidewalk. The officers immediately raced to the downed man, handcuffed him and called for medical assistance, said Weaver.

Arriving medical personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

According to Weaver, investigators from the Vallejo Police Dept. and Solano County District Attorney's Office were dispatched to the scene to investigate the shooting.

The involved officers were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. Neither was injured during the incident.

Weaver said the Vallejo Police Dept. had prior contacts with the man, but did not indicate for what reasons. 

The man's identity was withheld pending notification of family.


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