Solano County

Vallejo Police Officers Shoot Man Pointing Assault Style Weapon at Them Inside Starbucks

The suspect was found to be carrying an additional loaded handgun and wearing body-armor, police said

Two Vallejo police officers shot a man dressed in body armor and pointing an assault style weapon at them inside a Starbucks in the North Bay Area city on Sunday night, according to the Vallejo Police Department.

Vallejo police said the two officers were inside the coffee shop at 199 Lincoln Rd. West around 8:50 p.m., when they saw a man open the door and point an assault style weapon with a high capacity drum magazine at them.

The "suspect appeared to be attempting to manipulate the gun as if it had malfunctioned," Vallejo police said.

A dispatch recording of the brief and tense standoff recorded someone saying, "There's a man with a rifle just trying to ambush us at Starbucks."

At that point, the two officers drew their weapons to protect themselves. The suspect took off through the parking lot, fleeing west on Magazine Street. The officers ran after the suspect and caught up with him near the intersection of Magazine and Sheridan Streets as he continued to manipulate the weapon.

Vallejo police said the suspect "presented himself as a lethal threat to the officers" who shot him three times. The suspect fell to the ground and was taken into custody.

A nearby witness says she heard more than three shots fired.

"We heard seven shots, like a clip, a large caliber clip," Susan Carter said.

The suspect was found to be carrying an additional loaded handgun and was wearing body armor. He was transported to a local hospital and was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

The officers involved in the shooting were not injured. The Vallejo Police Department is investigating the incident along with the Solano County District Attorney's Office.

Vallejo residents posted videos to social media which showed heavy police presence on Magazine street, including at least 10 police cars.

Earlier Sunday, a two-year-old child was shot inside a home in Suisin City. Police are currently searching for a person of interest and that individual may have a connection to the Vallejo officer-involved shooting, according to Bay City News.

Police are expected to hold a press conference Monday morning to further address what happened.

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