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Suspect Identified, More Details Released in Officer-Involved Shooting

Santa Rosa police identified a suspect and provided more details of an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening.

According to police, the suspect is Brad Baymon, 42, whose last known address was Minnesota.

A Sonoma County sheriff's deputy shot at Baymon six times and hit him at least three times as Baymon appeared to be trying to drive away in the deputy's SUV. Inside the SUV was the deputy's rifle.

Following the shooting, Baymon was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

The shooting unfolded at 5:38 p.m. when police received a call about an armed robbery at Macy's in Santa Rosa Plaza, a shopping mall just off U.S. Highway 101.

Baymon allegedly stole a pair of shoes. When loss prevention officers confronted him he apparently brandished a knife and tried to stab one of the officers in the face.

Baymon allegedly left the mall and went north toward Morgan street.

A Sonoma County sheriff's deputy in the area heard the call and saw Baymon walking on Ninth Street near Morgan Street, not far from the mall.

Police said the deputy pulled over and told Baymon to stop and Baymon allegedly kept walking.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, told Baymon he would use a Taser on him if he kept walking.

Police allege Baymon indeed kept walking and the deputy shot him with a Taser, which had no effect. The deputy ran in front of Baymon and shot him again.

Police said the second shot had some effect and Baymon allegedly turned and ran toward the deputy's SUV.

The driver's side door was open and the engine was running, according to police.

Baymon allegedly got in the SUV and closed the driver's side door.

The deputy opened the door and ordered Baymon out and tried to pull him out.

Police said Baymon allegedly refused to come out, waved a knife at the deputy and closed the door to the SUV. Baymon allegedly tried to put the SUV in gear and the deputy fired six shots through the closed driver's side window.

Baymon was hit in the torso.

Police said a knife was recovered from the floorboard on the driver's side of the SUV.

The shoes allegedly stolen from Macy's were also recovered. Police said Baymon will be booked into the county jail once he is well enough.

Neither the deputy nor the loss prevention officers were injured.

The deputy was wearing a camera, which captured the shooting. Neither police nor sheriff's officials have released the recording.

Police said they don't know where Baymon was staying in Santa Rosa or how long he has been in town.

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