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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 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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