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* Oakley Police Shoot Alan Openshaw After Trying To Save His Life And He Pointed A Weapon At Them

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A man who was fatally shot by Oakley police Saturday night after threatening officers turned out to have been armed with a fake gun, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said today.Alan Openshaw, a 37-year-old Oakley resident, called police at 5:45 p.m. and said he was suicidal, had a gun and was driving around the city, Lee said.Oakley police officers went to a house in the 900 block of Almond Drive, where they had previous contact with Openshaw, but he was not there.They found him in his vehicle near Lois and Mallard lanes around 7:50 p.m. and tried to contact him, but he displayed what appeared to be a handgun and led them on a pursuit back to the 900 block of Almond Drive, Lee said.On Almond Drive, Openshaw got out of the vehicle and pointed the gun at his head.Officers shot him with a 40mm sponge round, a less-lethal bullet designed to stun a suspect but not to kill him, Lee said.However, after being struck with the sponge round, Openshaw pointed his gun at the officers and several of them shot him.Openshaw was taken to Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy conducted this morning determined that he died from a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest.During the investigation, officers determined that Openshaw’s gun was a Crossman C11 BB gun made to look like a real Smith and Wesson handgun, Lee said.”No officer ever wants to be put in this situation,” Oakley Police Chief Chris Thorsen said in a prepared statement. “However, when a gun is pointed at officers, they will use the necessary force to protect themselves and others.”The six officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Oakley Police Department, the sheriff’s office and the district attorney’s office investigate the shooting.The city of Oakley contracts with the sheriff’s office for police services.

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