A man suspected of stealing a car was fatally shot by a Hayward police officer in a confrontation late Friday morning, police said.
At 11:12 a.m., a patrol officer who had been on an unrelated call located a parked car in a residential area near the intersection of Briergate Way and Vanderbilt Street that he confirmed had been stolen, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said.
Ormsby said the officer ordered a man who was the sole occupant of the green Honda Accord to show his hands several times but the man refused to comply.
He said the man then reached for a weapon inside the stolen car so the officer fired at him, thinking that his life was in danger.
At that same time, Hameed Abdul was driving his car and he was less than a block away from his home. He said he saw the officer telling the suspect something and next thing he knew. He heard three shots.
“I was scared that's why I make a quick left on another street there and I parked my car,” Abdul said
The officer, who was on his own initially, then called for assistance and a second officer arrived and helped him detain and treat the suspect, Ormsby said.
The suspect, whose name is not yet being released, was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where he was later pronounced dead, Ormsby said.
A weapon was found inside the Honda but it appears that the suspect did not fire it, according to Ormsby.
The sergeant declined to describe the weapon in detail because police are waiting to question a witness who may have seen the suspect's weapon and they do not want to compromise their investigation.
The shooting occurred near Treewood Elementary School, which was placed on lockdown for about 15 to 20 minutes, he said.
Neighbors said they were concerned a stray bullet could have entered the elementary school playground.
“It’s sad just really sad that they would do it so close to a school,” said Hayward resident Janine Truman.
“We did lock down the school and we ensured that there were no injuries to the staff or the students,” Ormsby said.
After the scene was secured police contacted the school and let them know it was all clear to have recess.
The vehicle had been stolen from elsewhere in Hayward, Ormsby said.
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