San Pablo Officers Shoot, Kill Man Carrying Airsoft Gun in North Richmond

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Police are investigating after officers shoot and kill a 45-year-old man, who was carrying an airsoft gun Wednesday in North Richmond, officials said.

The shooting, which involved officers with the San Pablo Police Department, happened in the area of Market Avenue and Truman Street.

Just before 2:30 p.m., employees with the Evergreen Produce Market told officers that they saw a man waving a gun in the store's parking lot.

The incident was caught on surveillance video.

"What it shows is him in a car and he walks out with a gun in his hand. He gets back in the car," said Moad Harvi.

Employees feared the man was coming inside and they later called police.

Authorities said the suspect left the parking lot but police quickly caught up with him and pulled him over.

“The subject initially did not listen to officers commands to come out of the vehicle with his hands up. Eventually, he got out of the car holding an airsoft gun that looked exactly like a real firearm," said Capt. Brian Bubar with San Pablo police.

Police said that the man was holding the gun as if he was preparing to fire while he faced the officers as he got out of his car.

“He did not listen to commands," Bubar added.

Officers then fired several rounds, striking the suspect.

The San Pablo man died on the way to the hospital. Police determined what he was holding was not a real gun. It was actually an airsoft gun.

“It is dangerous. They look real our community and officers are going to react as if they’re real in certain situations," Bubar said.

The four police officers involved in the shooting have been put on paid administrative leave.

The Department of Justice is investigating the shooting.

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