07/09/2010

Beer-swigging gunman shot dead by Calif. cops

Drank for one hour inside a 7-11 and then pointed a gun at police

By Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN RAMON, Calif. — An armed man suspected of a nightlong crime spree was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in San Ramon early Thursday after he stormed into a convenience store, spent more than an hour inside drinking alcohol, then pointed his gun at police after taking one last swig of beer, authorities said.

Joseph John Baumgardner, 24, who lived in San Ramon and San Jose, was shot by numerous Contra Costa County law enforcement officers outside the 7-Eleven store at 2500 San Ramon Valley Blvd. at about 3:30 a.m., said San Ramon Police Chief Scott Holder.

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