Union City police shot and killed a man Monday night after he allegedly charged at them with a garden tool in a house’s backyard.
According to a news release, a woman called 911 around 10:20 p.m. and reported that an unknown man had entered her backyard and was banging on her bedroom window.
Officers responding to the house on the 3800 block of Amy Place found a man clutching a “claw-style” gardening tool, according to police.
Union City police Capt. Jared Rinetti on Tuesday deemed the suspect a "complete stranger."
"The residents who live there have never seen the man before," he said.
Instead of obeying the officers’ orders to drop his tool — which Rinetti said resembled a "large hammer" — the man instead ran toward the officers.
Fearing for their safety, both officers fired at the suspect who, upon being struck, dropped his weapon. Police said the officers rendered first aid to the man, but paramedics arriving at the scene pronounced him deceased.
News of the shooting rattled people who live in the neighborhood.
"It's strange for me because this neighborhood is very quiet," Alex Muñoz said Tuesday.
Muñoz, who wondered how the man got into the woman's backyard, admitted that he is concerned for his family's safety.
"When I go to work, I don't know what can happen at the night time," he said.
Neighbor Leo Cordero, however, questioned the police officers' use of force.
"Me and my wife were in bed and we just heard 'Pop! Pop! Pop!' one after the other," he said. "I think they should have tased him instead of shooting him, you know? I think we heard five shots."
Both officers were wearing body-worn cameras during the shooting, but the Union City Police Department doesn’t plan to release the footage because an investigation is ongoing.
Neither the suspect nor the officers, who have been placed on routine administrative leave, have been identified.
Police said that the Union City Police Department and Alameda County District Attorney's Office are conducting independent investigations into the officer-involved shooting.
People with information about the incident are asked to contact Detective Krista Fraga at (510)675-5266 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tips can be made to the Union City Police Tip Line at (510)675-5207 or by emailing email@example.com.