Suspect involved in Calif. OIS aimed assault rifle at officers

Police say a man pointed an assault rifle at two officers, but it malfunctioned and officers fired their weapons in self-defense

Associated Press

VALLEJO, Calif. — Northern California authorities say the shooting of a toddler Sunday may be linked to a man who was later shot by police after he pointed an assault-style weapon at officers in a Starbucks shop.

Vallejo police say a man opened the Starbucks door Sunday night and pointed what appeared to be an assault rifle at two officers. Police say the gun seems to have malfunctioned.

The officers then chased the man on foot as he continued to manipulate his gun. Officers shot the man three times and he was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Vallejo police said.

They say he was wearing body armor and also carrying a loaded handgun.

Earlier Sunday in nearby Suisun City, Suisun City police received a call that a 2-year-old child had been shot inside a home. The child was taken to a local hospital for a gunshot wound.

Preliminary information indicates the wound was accidental and self-inflicted.

A person who was present when the child was shot left the home before officers arrived, police said.

Commander Andrew White of the Suisun City Police said a joint press conference with Vallejo Police will be held at 10:30 a.m.

The area is about 30 miles north of San Francisco.

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