By Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle
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HAYWARD, Calif. — An off-duty rookie San Leandro police officer cradling his 7-month-old son shot and killed a man Wednesday who stormed into his parents' home, authorities said.
The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. at a home on the 22000 block of Fuller Avenue in Hayward, police said. The identities of the dead man and the police officer were not released.
About 15 minutes before the shooting, Hayward police had been trying to pull over a car driven by the man, who they said was wanted on outstanding warrants.
The man, accompanied by a woman, had refused to stop near West Tennyson Road near Patrick Avenue and got onto northbound Interstate 880, driving erratically, police said.
Hayward police decided not to chase the car. Within minutes, however, the couple knocked on the door of the home owned by the parents of a San Leandro police officer, authorities said.
The officer, who was not on duty at the time, opened the door as he held his baby in his arms. The man at the door forced his way inside, police said.
The officer got into a fight with the suspect. During the altercation, the officer shot the man several times. The man was pronounced dead at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.
The baby was not hurt.
The woman fled but was caught hiding several blocks away. Their car was found on Happy Land Avenue, a block away from the home where the shooting occurred.
An attorney representing the officer said the rookie joined the department about a year ago after working as a dispatcher.
"He did what he needed to do to protect the life and safety of he and his baby," said Terry Bowman, the attorney.
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Off-duty Calif. rookie kills intruder while holding infant son