Officer Fatally Shoots Man Suspected of Assault in Napa

The officer chased the suspect on foot and became entangled in a fight with him before firing his department-issued rifle

An officer in Napa fatally shot a man who was suspected of being involved in an assault and later ran from authorities early Wednesday morning, according to police.

The man, who has been identified as 27-year-old David Alejandro Molina of Napa, was pronounced dead after the shooting, according to authorities. The officer suffered minor injuries and has been placed on administrative leave.

Before the officer-involved shooting occurred, Napa police officers were dispatched around 1:50 a.m. to the Kentwood Apartments located on Soscol Ave after receiving word about an assault, according to police. The caller told authorities that the person responsible was armed with a handgun.

Officers later found the man riding on a skateboard along Soscol Avenue, according to police. Officers demanded that the man put his hands up and get on the ground, but he refused and ran into the the Stonehouse Apartment complex.

An officer proceeded to chase the man and demand that he comply with commands, but the man kept running away, according to police.

The chase continued for "several minutes" before coming to an end with a fight, according to police. At some point, the officer shot the man with his rifle issued by the department.

The police shooting is under investigation.

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