Jan 22, 2015
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Contra Costa County prosecutors have filed weapons charges against Marceleno Gonzales, the 20-year-old Richmond man who was shot by a police officer last week, according to Bay City News.

Gonzales will face charges of carrying a loaded and unregistered firearm, a clerk at the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office told the newswire on Thursday.

Gonzales was shot by a Richmond cop on Jan. 15 about 1:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Nevin Avenue. According to police, the officer approached Gonzales to question him and opened fire after Gonzales pulled out a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine.

Bags of methamphetamine and marijuana were also seized during the arrest, police said.

Gonzales was still in the hospital as of Wednesday, but his condition has improved since the shooting from critical to stable and he is expected to survive.

The DA’s office is also investigating the police officer’s actions in the case, and the police department is conducting its own internal investigation, Police Capt. Mark Gagan has said.

On Tuesday, family and friends of Gonzales, who is Native American, gathered at Richmond City Council meeting to protest the shooting and demand a thorough and fair investigation. They believe the shooting was unwarranted.


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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.