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*Fairfield MetroPCS Murder Suspect Shot by Police After Pursuit

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A man suspected of fatally shooting a MetroPCS employee during a robbery is in stable condition in the hospital today, two days after a Fairfield police officer shot him while he was attempting to flee, police said. A man robbing MetroPCS in Suisun City shot employee Diego Armando Navarro Martinez, 20, of Fairfield, once in the chest around 5:10 p.m. Thursday, police said. Suisun police broadcasted reports of a green van fleeing the scene, which is when a Fairfield motorcycle officer saw a green van coming into the city from Suisun, police said.  After a pursuit along residential streets with dangerous maneuvers and speeds up to 75 mph, the driver stopped at a curb at a Burger King and got out, police Sgt. Joel Orr said.  He first started running toward the officers, then toward the Burger King, Orr said. He was grabbing at his waist, ignoring commands to stop and show his hands and turned his head and shoulders toward the officers chasing him, Orr said. That is when Officer Justin Gutierrez shot him in the right side of his torso, Orr said.  An air ambulance flew him to a local trauma hospital. Officers found he was unarmed, but located a gun in a yard they had passed during the pursuit, Orr said.  Gutierrez was placed on administrative leave. A joint investigation is underway with Fairfield and Suisun City police and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.

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