Sep 14, 2014
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A Richmond police officer shot and killed a suspect at Uncle Sam’s Liquors near Cutting and Carlson boulevards early Sunday, marking the city’s first fatal officer-involved shooting in seven years, police told news outlets.

The shooting occurred shortly after midnight Sunday when a patrolling officer conducted a security check on Uncle Sam’s Liquors, a known problem spot, Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan told KTVU (Ch. 2) and the San Francisco Chronicle.

The officer opened fire during a brawl with the suspect, Gagan said. The man died at the scene.

On Sunday afternoon, police Chief Chris Magnus gave an account of what occurred during the confrontation.

The suspect, who hasn’t been identified, had prior arrests and was reportedly known to police, the captain added.  The officer, whose identity is also being withheld, was placed on routine paid administrative leave while police and the local district attorney’s office investigate, Gagan said.

The incident is the first fatal officer-involved shooting in Richmond since 2007.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.