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A man suspected of stealing a car was fatally shot by a Hayward police officer in a confrontation late this morning, police said. At 11:12 a.m., a patrol officer who had been on an unrelated call located a parked car in a residential area near the intersection of Briergate Way and Vanderbilt Street that he confirmed had been stolen, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said. Ormsby said the officer ordered a man who was the sole occupant of the green Honda Accord to show his hands several times but the man refused to comply. He said the man then reached for a weapon inside the stolen car so the officer fired at him, thinking that his life was in danger.
The officer, who was on his own initially, then called for assistance and a second officer arrived and helped him detain and treat the suspect, Ormsby said. The suspect, whose name is not yet being released, was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where he was later pronounced dead, Ormsby said. A weapon was found inside the Honda but it appears that the suspect did not fire it, according to Ormsby. The sergeant declined to describe the weapon in detail because police are waiting to question a witness who may have seen the suspect’s weapon and they do not want to compromise their investigation. The shooting occurred near Treewood Elementary School, which was placed on lockdown for about 15 to 20 minutes, he said. The vehicle had been stolen from elsewhere in Hayward, Ormsby said.
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