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* Mohammed Shah suspected car thief who was fatally shot by a Hayward police

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A suspected car thief who was fatally shot by a Hayward police officer in a confrontation on Friday was identified today as 21-year-old Mohammed Shah of Hayward. Hayward police Lt. Roger Keener said Shah had a criminal arrest record that includes an arrest for allegedly stealing a vehicle in a prior incident in early September.

Keener said that at 11:12 a.m. on Friday, a patrol officer who was checking license plates in response to a citizen’s report of a speeding vehicle spotted a parked car in a residential area near the intersection of Briergate Way and Vanderbilt Street that he confirmed had been stolen. According to Sgt. Mark Ormsby, the officer ordered Shah, who was the sole occupant of the green Honda Accord, to show his hands several times but Shah refused to comply. He said Shah 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 Shah, Ormsby said. Shah 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 Shah did not fire it, according to Ormsby.

Hayward police obtained a warrant to search the Honda but Keener declined to disclose the results of the search because the car’s owner hasn’t yet been contacted so police can clarify which items belonged to the owner and which items might have belonged to Shah. The vehicle had been stolen from elsewhere in Hayward, Ormsby said. The shooting occurred near Treewood Elementary School, which was placed on lockdown for about 15 to 20 minutes, he said.

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  • Was there any weapons found in the vehicle for the officer to shoot him? He could have taized him, instead of shooting him 4times from the neck to waiste.

  • may his soul rest in peace. i hope that something is done to the cop who took a young life away. there was so many ways he could have went about it but yet took a young life. they can say all they want trying to make him look bad but he had a good heart. always put everyone before him self no matter if he knew them or not. life is to short and people do not get that. this should have never happened the way it did. i still cant believe he is gone. there will never be a day that he is not on my mind. REST IN PEACE IBRAHIM. ALWAYS LOVED AND NEVER FORGOTTEN. 11/21/1990-10/05/2012. THE GOOD DIE YOUNG AND WHEN GOD CALLS YOU GOT TO GO HOME. just wish your time was longer here with us. i miss you and love you..

  • No this cant be true!!! It wasnt his fault!! He didnt have any weapon!! He was the nicest man on earth!! Omg

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