Dublin Police Officer on Leave Following Shooting of Man Wielding Baseball Bat

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    An East Bay officer is on paid leave after authorities say the officer fatally shot a baseball bat-wielding man who attacked after police responded to a domestic disturbance call. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Monday, May 5, 2014)

    An East Bay officer is on paid leave after authorities say the officer fatally shot a baseball bat-wielding man who attacked after police responded to a domestic disturbance call.

    The shooting occurred Sunday in Dublin, after officers responded to reports of an 18-year-old man, identified Monday as 18-year-old Oscar Herrera, who physically assaulted his mother and was having a mental breakdown.

    Police say, when an officer arrived on scene, Herrera was seen holding the bat, and attacked.

    Dublin police Lt. Herb Walters says the officer felt his life was in immediate danger and fired several rounds at Herrera, who died at the scene.

    The officer involved has not been identified.

    That officer is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the department and Alameda County district attorney's office.

    This isn’t the first time police say they have come in contact with Herrera.

    He was arrested in Livermore on Saturday, and that arrest started with a call from a friend.

    “On Saturday, Mr. Herrera had a situation with a friend in the city of Livermore,” Dublin police Chief Tom McCarthy said Monday. “He got into a fight with a friend and appeared to be under the Influence of meth or something else. He was threatening to eat his friend.”

    Police say Herrera had a criminal history for possession of weapons, assaults, resisting arrest, and possession of drugs.
     

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    ABOVE: A photo of Oscar Herrera provided by Dublin police.

     

    Bay City News contributed to this report.