Man with assault rifle, body armor shot by Vallejo PD officers

Vallejo police on Monday released more details on what they are calling an "attempted assassination" of two officers who were on a coffee break Sunday night.

Investigators said police shot the suspect, identified as Adam Powell, 41, of Suisun City. They said he was armed with an assault-type gun and body armor.

Police also revealed that Powell is the father of a 2-year-old child in Suisun City who was critically injured when the toddler accidently shot himself in the chest earlier on Sunday.

The child was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The boy was alone in the room, which led authorities to believe this was an accidental shooting. 

Before officers arrived at that scene they say a person of interest fled the home.

The boy’s sister, 19-year-old Breauna Bowers, spoke with KTVU by phone on Monday. She identified her brother as Adonis Powell and said the boy is in critical, but stable condition at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Bowers was not home at the time of the shooting and said she did not know a gun was inside the house.

"He was bleeding like hell and I wrapped him up and carried him down the stairs," said the boy's grandfather, who gave his name as Willie.  "I looked around and he was gone, " described Willie, who described his daughter as having a four-year relationship with Powell. The couple has two children. Adonis has a twin sister.

"He's my youngest grandson, my boy, adorable, he's adorable, " said the upset grandpa.

Bowers said she personally believes the boy’s father, Adam Powell, left the house and wanted to hurt himself because he was in pain over the accidental shooting. She said Powell is a good father and respectful to the family. She said he is not the kind of man who would point a gun at officers, as he is accused of doing to two officers in Vallejo Sunday evening.

“I just think he was in shock and he didn’t know what else to do,” Bowers said.

On Sunday, at about 8:50 p.m. Vallejo police officers were inside a Starbucks at 199 Lincoln Road West when a man opened the door to the business and pointed an assault-type gun at the officers. Police said the gun had a high-capacity drum.

Security footage provided to KTVU by a gas station across the street, shows the suspect walking through the parking lot up the the Starbucks before turning around and running away.

Officers said the man was manipulating the gun as if it malfunctioned. 

The officers drew their guns and the suspect ran through a parking lot and then west on Magazine Street, police said.

The officers caught up with the man at Magazine and Sheridan streets and he continued to manipulate the gun.

Police said the man posed a deadly threat to officers and they shot him. The man suffered three gunshot wounds before he fell.

He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Neither officer was injured.

In a statement, police said the incident "underscores the extreme danger that police officers face on a daily basis. More importantly it demonstrates the bravery and courage of our officers who place themselves in harm's way to protect our communities."

"There is little doubt that if it were not for the decisive action of our two officers that today's story would be much different." police said. 




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