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Elston Young Shot by Richmond Police, Expected to Survive

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Police have identified a man who was shot and critically injured during a confrontation with officers in Richmond on Monday evening. Elston Young, 30, was shot in the chest and torso by police around 5 p.m. after he confronted officers responding to reports of a man with a gun behind the St. Johns apartment complex at Nevin Avenue and B Street, Detective Nicole Abetkov said.

Young, a San Francisco resident, remained hospitalized today and is set to undergo more surgery, Abetkov said. He is expected to survive. As police responded to the call Monday evening, they received an alert from the city’s ShotSpotter gunfire detection system that shots had been fired in the area. Officers arriving at the scene encountered Young, who was armed with a gun, Abetkov said. She declined to say whether he was threatening officers or shooting at them.

She said several rounds were fired at Young and that a few officers were involved. Those officers have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard protocol with officer-involved shootings, Abetkov said. She said police plan to present the case to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office for review on Wednesday. The incident is the first officer-involved shooting in Richmond since Dec. 21, 2011, when officers shot and wounded a suspect at a hotel near the Hilltop Mall.

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