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* Renardo Antonio Flores Identified As Man Shot After 5 Hour Stand Off In Pleasant Hill Near Sunvalley Mall

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An armed man who was shot by police at the end of a five-hour standoff in Pleasant Hill on Sunday has been identified by police and the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as 32-year-old Renardo Antonio Flores. Police responded to reports of a shooting at Flores’ home on Audrey Lane, across from the Macy’s store at Sunvalley Mall, at 10:51 a.m. Investigators believe Flores had gotten into an argument with two acquaintances, a man and a woman. “At some point the suspect became angry and pulled out a handgun,” police Lt. Dan Connelly said. Flores allegedly threatened the man with the gun, and the two victims attempted to escape the home, police said. As they ran, Flores allegedly fired several rounds, striking the male in the face, but missing the woman.The man was driven in a private car to a local hospital, where he was treated for two minor gunshot wounds, police said. Meanwhile, officers headed to the home on Audrey Lane.”When the officers initially arrived they heard gunshots inside the residence,” Connelly said. Flores allegedly tried to flee out the rear of the home but was met by officers in a neighbor’s yard. He fired at them with an assault rifle, police said, and one officer returned fire, but didn’t hit him.Streets in the neighborhood were cordoned off and residents were evacuated or told to shelter in place. The Contra Costa County sheriff’s SWAT team was called in.During the long standoff that followed, Flores apparently moved between his home and an unoccupied neighbor’s home, police said. Negotiators used a loudspeaker and diversionary devices to try to oust Flores, who allegedly fired at the officers on multiple occasions, police said.Authorities deployed tear gas at about 4 p.m. and Flores allegedly responded by firing out the door at officers, police said. A short time later, police said, he came out the back door armed with an assault rifle. A SWAT officer shot at Flores and hit him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee today identified the SWAT team member who killed Flores as Sgt. Robert Hartman. Hartman, 44, has been with the sheriff’s office for nearly 20 years. His current assignment is with the city of Oakley, Lee said. He has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. Investigators recovered an assault rifle, a semi-automatic handgun and empty shell casings from Flores’ home. Neighbor Ginger Charles, who lives on nearby Audrey Court, said she was driving home from church when she saw the streets near her home were blocked off. “I couldn’t see much, I could just hear the bullets being shot,” she said. She parked and walked to her house where she received automated calls from police. “We were told to stay in our houses with doors locked and windows locked,” Charles said. “It was scary,” she said. “I’ve never seen more police in my life.”She said she doesn’t have Internet service at home, but that a neighbor kept her informed of each development as the online news sites updated the story. Connelly pointed out that Sunday’s outcome could have been worse.”We were extremely lucky that no officers were injured, considering the number of rounds that were fired, and we were very lucky that no innocent civilians were injured,” he said. The Pleasant Hill Police Department, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident.

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