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A man who shot himself in the head after a brief chase with a police officer in Hayward earlier this week has been identified as Hayward resident Eric Mandel, according to the Alameda County Coroner’s Office. The shooting occurred after police received calls around 4 p.m. on Oct. 2 about a strange man unknown to neighbors in a residential area on Montgomery Street north of Simon Street, according to Hayward police. The man was walking up driveways and behaving bizarrely, and before officers arrived neighbors said the man might have a gun, according to police. An officer found Mandel, 45, wandering, but when the suspect spotted the officer he started running away. A short chase ensued and the officer heard a gun shot, then came upon the suspect down on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. Mandel was taken to the hospital but later died.
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