Hayward: Suspect Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

Police say the man, who was believed to have stolen a car, reached for a weapon, causing the officer to shoot.

By Bay City News Service

A man suspected of stealing a car was fatally shot by a Hayward police officer in a confrontation late this morning, police said.

At 11:12 a.m., a patrol officer who had been on an unrelated call located a parked car in a residential area near the intersection of Briergate Way and Vanderbilt Street that he confirmed had been stolen, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said.

Ormsby said the officer ordered a man who was the sole occupant of the green Honda Accord to show his hands several times but the man refused to comply.

He said the man then reached for a weapon inside the stolen car so the officer fired at him, thinking that his life was in danger.

The officer, who was on his own initially, then called for assistance and a second officer arrived and helped him detain and treat the suspect, Ormsby said.

The suspect, whose name is not yet being released, was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where he was later pronounced dead, Ormsby said.

A weapon was found inside the Honda but it appears that the suspect did not fire it, according to Ormsby.

The sergeant declined to describe the weapon in detail because police are waiting to question a witness who may have seen the suspect's weapon and they do not want to compromise their investigation.

The shooting occurred near Treewood Elementary School, which was placed on lockdown for about 15 to 20 minutes, he said.

The vehicle had been stolen from elsewhere in Hayward, Ormsby said.

Tim October 05, 2012 at 11:36 PM
That was fortunate for the police that the guy actually was armed. it didn't work out so well for the NYPD when they executed an unarmed man during a traffic stop.... http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/unarmed_guardsman_shot_by_nypd_wanted_k3gzV54EFDh7HeYnrTX3CI
jp October 06, 2012 at 12:41 AM
How is it fortunate Tim? Even if the guy didn't have a weapon he should have been as non threatening as possible. If the police have a reason to point their weapon at you it's not for show. Just do what they ask. What do you do for work Tim? I bet we could post a few news links for people in your field messing something up in turn making you look like a bad person?
Don October 06, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I suspect car thieves are not among the smartest of us.
G Guzman October 06, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Tim, you are out of your league and out of your mind. A Police Officer tells you to raise and show your arms and hands, then you RAISE YOUR ARMS AND SHOW YOUR HANDS. It is not rocket science but an ORDER TO COMPLY. But since our bad guy had a gun with him, good riddens, the Community is better off without him.
Garus Garus October 06, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Tim you are way off base and not in control of the article. When a Police Officer tells you to raise your arms and hands, then RAISE YOUR ARMS AND HANDS. It is not rocket science Tim but an Order to Comply. If bad guy does not want to comply, then he accepts the consequences even at the cost of his life. Since our bad guy had a gun then good riddens to him and our Community is safer for all concerned. Plus, he was near an Elementary School, who knows what evil was in his mind.
Tim October 06, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Yes, if I'm pulled over my hands are on the steering wheel, generally as a courtesy to the officer. However, not everyone is bright enough to do that. Clearly, in this case, the officer knew the car was stolen so maybe this isn't the best example, however, the case in NY, an unmarked NYPD ESU unit stopped a car in the Grand Central Pkwy and shot an unarmed man with no criminal record whatsoever. Maybe in your world police get a blank check to shoot first and ask questions later, but not mine. Why don't you read the link I sent first. Sure, I've made mistakes in my life but murdering an unarmed man isn't one of them.
Tim October 06, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Yes, this guy was a criminal in a stolen vehicle. A crime was already committed. But at same time, there have been cases of police shooting first and asking questions later. The case I linked above was this week and resulted in an innocent man murdered by a road raged NYPD detective. This was NOT a bad guy, maybe stupid, but not bad.. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/unarmed_guardsman_shot_by_nypd_wanted_k3gzV54EFDh7HeYnrTX3CI
So true. Follow. The system. And. U will. Be. Protected.
Tim October 06, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Moreover, this shooting in NY follows a disturbing trend in police shootings in the NYPD and elsewhere. Just being a cop and having a gun and badge doesn't make you judge, jury, and executioner.
Sandra Paz October 06, 2012 at 08:58 AM
Tim get to this point of Hayward and not of New York two different things here....and besides here in CA this is not the first or last cop who does not follow protocol or might fear his life after all its their right as a cop to shoot a person if threatned...Lets wait to see what the investigtors found after all thank god for eye witness here but sometimes their is no eye witness....
Sandra Paz October 06, 2012 at 09:10 AM
By the way if the car was stolen he would have been take away and arrested and let go within a few hours but having a weapon changed everything and especially if the gun is o armed here. The question would be the next is the gun stolen too or the thief or the cop....doubts are always going to come up but thank god for this eye witness besides the video that the cop has on hands.....but in additon to this report will always follow the cop after all he is not above the law.
mr haho October 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Get a life people
Wammo October 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Innecent until proven guilty for both. It will be investigated
SOUTH HWD FP October 06, 2012 at 07:19 PM
SOUTH HWD FP October 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
John Everymann October 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Yeah JP but corruption has been so common with law enforcement the past 3 years in northern California. You don`t know if the cop pulling you over is gonna rob, Rape, or kill you, For no reason. Look at the Cnet Scandal in Contra costa county. All 4 of those officers received hefty federal prison sentences, For charges that would make Tony Soprano blush. Christopher Butler in particular, Received 8 years for his involvement. In Alameda county you have the Jason Fredriksson and his father John. Jason was arrested for furnishing cannabis he seized to his snitch/lover to sale. Jason was kicked off the San Leandro police force. Jason received 5 years felony probation, And community service. Around the same time Jason was being arrested for selling dope, His John Fredriksson was arrested for child molestation. John plead guilty this year to "Oral Copulation With Person Under 14" And received a 10 year prison sentence. Then there`s Johannes Mehserle, We all know his story. Executed a handcuffed man on camera for the whole world to see. LOL. In Northern California i View Law enforcement as a bunch of thugs with badges. There are so many bad apples the the barrel is most definitely spoiled. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8825138 http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8258046 http://www.kgoam810.com/Article.asp?id=2329044&spid=
Auntie October 08, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Thanks go out to this cop, who protected all the children who were on the playground when this took place. They say this guy had a weapon of his own, who is to say what would have happened to our children if this man had gotten out of his car and started shotting. My niece was on that yard, and I THANK this cop for keeping her safe, even if he didn't realize he was doing it!
Your Name October 08, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Firstly, I too am glad that no one other than the car thief was hurt. Here's a thought, how about not committing a crime to begin with. If you are inclined be a felon, listen to the police officers directions and follow them to the word when you get caught, it may just save your life so that you can live to commit a crime some other day after serving time.
Sistah from anotha October 09, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Bay Area cops are afraid of the people they are meant to protect- for all anyone knows, the gun was planted (like many others have been in the past all over the Bay) and no one knows for sure if the "criminal" was reaching for it. For all anyone knows, the gun might not have even been his, the cop might have overreacted because of the situation, the "criminal" might have only been a look-out for other greater criminals in the area, and for God's sake, the "criminal" in this story belongs to a family- just like the kids who were outside at recess and the people who were still in their homes. Protocol is not "shoot to kill," protocol is "shoot to incapacitate." I call for an IA investigation.
Tim October 09, 2012 at 05:46 AM
As someone who's already been slammed on here for questioning the police, I respectfully say that I think you're out of your mind. The police didn't "plant" the gun on this guy. The police didn't just pull him over for a traffic infraction. The car was freggin stolen. It was a high risk stop. That said, I don't want to see an unarmed person executed by the police so unless the guy actually produced a weapon, the police shouldn't have fired. The cop may have had a fear, but was it a reasonable fear? Was there an imminent threat to his own life? If a weapon was produced, absolutely. But simply making a motion, I don't think so. George Zimmerman is being charged with murder for using a weapon and he actually had his head beaten into the ground at the time he used it. I don't think police should get a free pass. There should be an outside investigation conducted. By the way, police are not training to "shoot to kill" or "shoot to incapacitate". Police are trained to shoot until a threat is ceased. Usually this means center mass. They aren't marksmen with their handguns. They cannot aim for a leg. Half of them can't hit the broad side of a barn and shooting a handgun accurately, especially under pressure is much more difficult than you'd think.
Misunderstood. October 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM
At this point, no one, including the cop, knows for sure if there was even a weapon involved. I mean, let's take the facts... The cop did not identify a weapon immediately to the public and is waiting do a witness... What bs. This cop needs to spend a few long years in prison. Yes, he may have felt threatened... But no need to get ahead of yourself and shoot the poor guy. The "criminal" was probably at the wrong place at the wrong moment. There could be many reasons why he was the one sitting in that car in someone else's safety. People from the public don't know the facts so please stop assuming because if this was your child, you too would be in pain and sadness. This young boy was only twenty-two.. The cop did not have to shoot to kill him, maybe to injure but not to kill. He would have spent a couple years in jail, realize that life is to important to let it stray away and make a living from the electrician degree that he had. In the public eye, the facts aren't always given but lies surely are. So have some remorse because hero was a child, a brother, and a friend to his parents, brothers, sister, and friends. God bless.
senseand dollars October 11, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Let the facts ring out. Stop victimizing criminals, ghetto mentality is disgusting. Yea the criminal has a life/family blah blah and so does the cop. Each player of the story made their decisions and now they face the consequences. All of you wannabe thug/ghetto sewer rats stop justifying garbage, it speaks lowly of humanity. And dont bring God's name in your arguments, your using it in vain.
Jenny March 03, 2013 at 10:46 PM
senseand dollars, your comment is as ignorant and "ghetto" as those you are accusing. What kind of noninformed ass hole makes a statement like that. where in the article do you see reason to call this "ghetto mentality", thug/sewer rats? it sounds like you've got some education lacking. you really sjould get out more. moron.
Brenda March 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Police are not to be trusted. Point blank.


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