A 41-year-old man apparently fatally shot himself as San Pablo police were attempting to pull the vehicle he was driving over this afternoon, police said.
The incident occurred about 12:11 p.m., when a San Pablo police officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the 1400 block of Contra Costa Avenue for displaying incorrect license plates to a different vehicle, police said.
“As the Officer exited his patrol car, gun shots were heard from within the stopped vehicle,” police said in a statement. “The vehicle collided into two parked vehicles and came to a rest on the sidewalk.”
Officers discovered the solo occupant driver, a 41-year old man, sitting in the driver’s seat with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, police said.
Officers took life-saving measures at the scene, and the driver was subsequently transported to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
“At this time, it is not known if the driver shot himself accidentally or on purpose,” police said.
The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office is investigating the shooting with support from the San Pablo Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.
The road remains closed late Friday afternoon for the investigation. We will provide updates on road conditions accordingly.