A Vallejo police officer shot and wounded an armed suspect in a residential area of the city this afternoon, a police spokesman said. The incident began shortly after 3 p.m. when officers responded to an armed robbery in the 800 block of Sheridan Street, Lt. Abel Tenorio said. Officers obtained a description of two suspects and learned one of them had a handgun. While searching the area, officers spotted Dennis James Merrida, a 37-year-old Vallejo man who matched the description of one of the robbers, at Lemon and Sheridan streets, Tenorio said. Police attempted to contact him and allegedly saw a gun in his left hand. Tenorio said as one of the officers exited his vehicle, Merrida tried to flee on foot.
He then allegedly turned and raised his gun in the officer’s direction, Tenorio said. The officer fired and Merrida was struck once in his upper body. He was flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he underwent surgery. His injury is not considered life-threatening, Tenorio said. Officers also detained a second person in the investigation and are working to determine whether that person and Merrida were involved in the initial robbery of a 48-year-old man. Tenorio said Merrida is considered a high-risk felon by the Department of Corrections and was wanted for parole violation from a prior
robbery conviction. As part of routine procedure, the officer who discharged his weapon will be placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation by the Vallejo Police Department and the Solano County District Attorney’s
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