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2012-05-29 "Vallejo officer shoots, kills man after mistaking wallet for gun" from "Bay City News"
- A man fatally shot by a police officer following a vehicle pursuit in
Vallejo early this morning has been identified by police as 41-year-old
The pursuit began shortly after midnight when
officers on a DUI saturation patrol saw a white 1999 Lexus driving
without its headlights on near the intersection of Santa Clara and
Indiana streets, according to police.
The Lexus was speeding and did
not stop at controlled intersections, and did not yield when the
officers tried to pull over the vehicle, police said.
The Lexus led
police on a pursuit and eventually stopped behind an apartment complex
in the 200 block of Wilson Avenue, where the driver and two passengers
got out and began running away in different directions.
The driver of
the car, later identified as Barrett, and an officer encountered each
other in between the apartments, and the officer told him to stop and
put his hands up, police said.
Barrett did not comply and continued
running toward the officer, who began backing up and telling him to show
his hands, police said.
The officer then saw Barrett allegedly
reach into his jacket pocket and pull out a dark-colored metal object,
prompting the officer to fire his gun several times, striking Barrett,
according to police.
The object was later determined to be a metal wallet.
Barrett tried to get up but was immobilized by another officer who used his Taser to subdue him.
He was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he succumbed to his injuries at 5:34 a.m.
front passenger in the car, Barrett's son 18-year-old Anton Barrett
Jr., was arrested after running south toward Farragut Avenue and hiding
from officers, according to police.
A police canine was used to
search for the younger Barrett, who was eventually found hiding in some
bushes and suffered some minor injuries from the dog, police said.
officer handling the canine also suffered bites from the animal. Both
the officer and Barrett were taken to hospitals and were later released,
and Barrett was then booked into county jail on suspicion of resisting
arrest, according to police.
The passenger in the back seat of the
Lexus fled north toward Hichborn Street when the car stopped. He has yet
to be found or identified, police said.
Vallejo police and the
Solano County District Attorney's Office will conduct a joint
investigation into the officer-involved shooting. The officer who shot
Barrett is a seven-year veteran of the force, and has been placed on
paid administrative leave during the investigation, as is standard
Investigators planned to discuss the case further at a news conference scheduled for noon at Vallejo police headquarters.
fatal shooting is the second involving a Vallejo police officer in the
past week. Late Thursday night, an armed man, whose name has yet to be
released, was shot and killed by an officer in the 2000 block of Sonoma
Boulevard, police said.