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* Michael “Mickey” Welch a 20-year-old parolee shot by Pinole police officers

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Pinole police officers shot and killed a 20-year-old parolee on Friday because they thought he was reaching for a gun, police said today.Police said they had information that Michael “Mickey” Welch, a known gang member on felony probation, had been involved in a shooting earlier that day or the day before.Officers spotted him on the street at Pinole Valley Road and Brandt Street at 2:48 p.m. At that time they believed he was armed with a gun, police said.The officers repeatedly ordered Welch to put his hands in the air, but he allegedly refused. Instead, he kept them clenched in front of his chest and then moved them toward his waist, police said.The officers continued to order him to put his hands up, but he still refused, police said.Then he allegedly reached into his waistband and removed a black object and officers, believing he was drawing a weapon, shot him.The item Welch was reached for turned out to be a black cell phone, police said.Officers performed CPR on Welch, but he was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office is investigating the incident as is protocol with any officer-involved shooting.

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