Calif. police fatally shoot weapon-brandishing suspect

By Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

RICHMOND, Calif. — A Richmond police officer shot and killed a shooting suspect Monday night, authorities said.

The officer-involved shooting happened at about 8 p.m. on the 300 block of 6th Street near Nevin Park. Moments earlier, the officer was on patrol when shots rang out near 7th Street and Nevin Avenue.

The officer saw a man running from the shooting scene and chased him on foot, said Richmond police Lt. Shawn Pickett. The man then ran into the front yard of a home on 6th Street and was blocked by a tall fence, Pickett said.

The officer shot and killed the suspect as he was brandishing a weapon at him, Pickett said. The slain man's identity wasn't released.

The officer, whose name also wasn't released, was placed on routine paid administrative leave pending an investigation by Richmond police and the Contra Costa County district attorney's office.

Police were unable to find a shooting victim from the original incident, but the possibility remained that someone had been shot earlier, Pickett said.

The police shooting happened the day before the one-year anniversary of the city's Tent City Peace Movement, in which residents pitch tents to take a stand against violence.

The city has seen an outburst of violence in recent weeks with at least seven shooting incidents since Sept. 11 that have killed three people and wounded nine others.

Among the victims was Jewell Mayweather Jr., 23, who was shot and killed Sept. 11 at Second Street and Macdonald Avenue just four blocks from Monday's officer-involved shooting. Mayweather was the nephew of neighborhood activist Freddie Jackson, 43, who helped establish Tent City.

Copyright 2007 The San Fransisco Chronicle

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