A robbery in progress at a burger restaurant in Castro Valley late Friday night was interrupted when Alameda County sheriff's deputies fatally shot the suspect, a sheriff's sergeant said.
Deputies were conducting a traffic stop just after 10 p.m. on Castro Valley Boulevard when they were notified of a robbery in progress at the Boulevard Burger, located at 3714 Castro Valley Blvd., Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.
Nelson said the deputies went into the restaurant and saw a suspect, wearing gloves and a mask, holding a .357 revolver.
The suspect turned to face the deputies and an employee at the restaurant grabbed the suspect's arm causing the revolver to fire one round, according to Nelson.
A deputy then opened fire at the suspect, striking and killing him, Nelson said.
The suspect had not been identified by late Saturday morning.
"If the traffic stop would have been 25 feet farther, this would have been a different story," Nelson said.
Boulevard Burger closed at 9 p.m., according to the restaurant's website. Nelson said investigators were working on determining how the suspect got into the restaurant.
Later Saturday morning, Nelson said that the gunman was believed to have entered the business through the back door, which was left open by one of the employees.
At least three employees were in the back of the restaurant at the time of the shooting, according to Nelson.
No one else was shot in the gunfire, though Nelson said that the employee who grabbed the suspect's arm suffered a minor powder burn from the errant shot by the suspect.
Nelson went on to describe the employee who grabbed the gunman as a hero.
"We believe he was trying to stop the robber from shooting our deputy," Nelson told KTVU. "[He's] very much a hero."
Investigators were expected to remain at the scene for several hours, Nelson said early Saturday morning.
Nelson added that investigators were also looking into the suspect's possible involment in a string of armed robberies in the area.
Castro Valley Boulevard, between Redwood Road and Forest Avenue, was expected to be closed during the investigation. Drivers were recommended to use Norbridge Avenue as an alternate route.
The restaurant's owner said Saturday morning that the business would be closed until that following Monday, and that she was deeply saddened by the incident.
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