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Vallejo police say an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed during a pursuit this morning after he pointed a handgun at officers. The pursuit began after an armed robbery was reported around 9:15 a.m. on Wilson Avenue, according to Lt. Jim O’Connell. The suspect, described as a white male in his 20s, had fled north on Wilson in a white Jeep Cherokee that had been reported stolen out of Concord.
The vehicle was spotted by Solano County Sheriff’s deputies around 9:45 a.m. near Lemon Street and Sonoma Boulevard. Police pursued it to Lemon and Sheridan Streets, where it crashed into a fire hydrant and went through a fence and into the front yard of a home, according to Vallejo Fire Captain Dan Sarna. The suspect then fled on foot to the 600 block of Sheridan. At least one citizen reported that he was carrying a handgun as he ran, O’Connell said.
Officers searching the area located him in the yard of 609 Sheridan St. and ordered him to show his hands, but instead he allegedly refused and pointed a handgun at officers, O’Connell said. The officers fired and struck the suspect multiple times. He was declared dead at the scene. A woman who lives on Sheridan Street said she heard a crash, then sirens. She went outside and saw that a white SUV had struck a fire hydrant. She said the suspect fled to the other side of a wall next to a home, and that police used a nearby ladder to peer over the wall and spot him.
The woman, who declined to give her name, said she heard an officer say, “let me see your hands,” and that she then heard five to eight shots in rapid succession. “I was trying to count because I was like, wow, he’s not going to make it,” she said of the suspect. She said a short time after the shots were fired, ambulances that had responded left the scene without taking anyone away. A woman answering the phone at Beer Bait & Convenience at 829 Wilson Ave. said a robbery had occurred there this morning. However, she did not know whether the officer-involved shooting was connected to the crime.
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