Man who confronted Fremont police died of self-inflicted gunshot wound, coroner

FREMONT (BCN) -- Officials with the Alameda County coroner's bureau said today that they have determined that a suspect who died in a confrontation with Fremont police late Sunday night died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head that's consistent with suicide.

Fremont police previously said that officers shot at the suspect, who has been identified as 24-year-old Roger Perez of Orinda, after he allegedly fired at them first.

Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said the department doesn't have any immediate comment on the coroner's finding but expects to issue a detailed news release within the next 24 hours.

Fremont police said the incident began at 11:37 p.m. Sunday when an East Bay Regional Park District police officer stopped a vehicle carrying several occupants near the 7-Eleven store located at 35015 Fremont Blvd., according to police.

The park district officer called Fremont police for assistance and one of the car's occupants, later identified as Perez, ran from the car with a gun to the rear of a nearby business, police said.

The officers located Perez across the street in an alleyway behind the Walgreens store at 3860 Decoto Road on top of a box truck vehicle and the fatal interaction occurred, police said.

The case is the third fatal shooting involving Fremont officers this year.