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Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies who killed armed man Shareef Allman was justified

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A review of the legal justification of three Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies who fired at an armed man wanted for a deadly shooting rampage at a Cupertino quarry in October 2011 determined the action was lawful, according to a report released by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office today. Shareef Allman, 49, of San Jose, on Oct. 5, 2011 opened fire at 15 employees at a 4 a.m. meeting at the Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant, located at 24001 Stevens Creek Blvd.

He hit nine of his coworkers, killing three of them, before fleeing. After he left the quarry, Allman shot a woman during an attempted carjacking hours later in a Hewlett-Packard company parking lot. He was scared off by one of the woman’s coworkers. The fatally wounded were Newman resident Manuel Pinon, 48, and San Jose residents John Robert Vallejos, 51, and Mark Munoz, 59.

One shooting survivor is paralyzed from the chest down, according to the district attorney’s office. Allman fled into a Sunnyvale neighborhood and during a manhunt there the next day, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Deputy Fabian De Santiago spotted him crouched behind a car on Lorne Way, according to the district attorney’s office. De Santiago and two other deputies, Christopher Hilt and Lindsay Crist, confronted Allman, who said “Kill me” or “I just want to kill myself” before making a threatening gesture with his gun, district attorney officials said.

The deputies then opened fire, striking him eight times. After an autopsy, the Santa Clara medical examiner’s office said that although Allman had several other wounds he had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Investigators found 34 unfired ammunition rounds in Allman’s pockets, according to the district attorney’s office. In the 26-page report released today, the district attorney’s office determined the three deputies lawfully employed deadly force when they shot at Allman. S

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