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One man was killed and another injured in an officer-involved shooting in Vallejo early this morning, police said. Two officers were on patrol in the 100 block of Pepper Drive — an area known for recent gang-related activity — at about 4:30 a.m., according to Vallejo police. Two men were spotted sitting inside a vehicle, police said.
The officers turned on their patrol car spotlights to illuminate the suspects’ vehicle. The driver got out and the officers reported seeing the butt of a handgun in his waistband, police said. The man — partially obscured by the open door of his car — reached for the gun and began to turn toward the officers, police said.
Believing he was going to shoot, the officers fired their weapons at the suspect, who remained crouched behind the car door. The man did not comply with officers’ demands to show his hands, and instead reached into the vehicle toward the center console, police said. The officers opened fire a second time and the driver slumped over. The 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The 21-year-old passenger was struck by a bullet or shrapnel in the buttocks and was taken to a hospital to be treated.
A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a replica handgun and more than 50 ecstasy pills. An investigation into the incident is under way by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and the Vallejo Police Department. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Vallejo Police Department at (800) 488-9383.
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