Richmond man shot by BART police recovering

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Richmond man shot by BART police recovering

The man who was shot by BART police near Richmond station last week has been identified as 21-year-old Jeremiah Witherspoon, who is recovering from his injuries at home while authorities continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting, according to police.

The Richmond resident was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident that occurred about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan.

Authorities have released few details about what led to the shooting. Officers say they responded to a report of an armed man leaving the station after an altercation. Witherspoon matched the description of the suspect, and after officers contacted him, an officer-involved shooting resulted, Tan said.

A gun was recovered from Witherspoon, Tan added. No officers were hurt in the encounter.

KRON4 News spoke with Witherspoon’s brother after the incident at Highland Hospital in Oakland. While police told KRON4 that Witherspoon reached for his gun during the encounter, his brother claims his hands were up.

The Richmond Police Department and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are conducting parallel investigations.

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