Jan 16, 2015
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Marceleno Gonzales, 20, of Richmond, has been identified by police as the man who was shot by an officer Thursday.

Gonzales remained in critical condition at a local trauma center Friday, police said.

The department cited a history of police interactions with Gonzales since 2007, most recently an arrest in December for allegedly dealing drugs and possessing a firearm.

The December arrest occurred just a few blocks from where Gonzales was shot by an officer Thursday. The incident unfolded in the 2000 block of Nevin Avenue about 1:30 p.m., when a patrol officer assigned to the area went to investigate a suspicious person, Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said.

As the officer approached, Gonzales allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine, Gagan said. The officer opened fire because he feared for his life, the captain said.

Along with the gun, police seized a “large quantity” of methamphetamine from his clothing, Gagan said.
The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the case per county protocol.


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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.