Martinez police shoot and kill suspect in cannabis dispensary break-in

A suspect in a cannabis dispensary burglary was shot and killed by Martinez police early Friday after he allegedly drove at police.

Around 3:27 a.m., officers were dispatched to Velvet, a cannabis dispensary located at 4808 Sunrise Drive, in response to a reported break-in, according to the Martinez Police Department.

While en route to the dispensary, officers received information that multiple people were at the dispensary along with two cars.

Officers arrived at the scene within five minutes, where a white SUV, allegedly used by some of the suspects, fled. 

A second car, a blue Infiniti, hit an officer and then drove toward two other officers, prompting both to open fire, killing the suspect, according to police and Michael Rains, an attorney representing the Martinez police union. That car crashed into a fire hydrant..

The shooting is now under investigation by the state attorney general's office, which investigates killings of unarmed civilians..=

But Rains told KTVU although the driver may have been unarmed, the officers were facing a number of threats, a car coming toward them and the fact that the passenger was armed with a gun. 

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At the scene, there were nearly two dozen police markers in the parking lot of the dispensary surrounding a police cruiser, likely indicating bullet casings.

The Infiniti was seen along the side of the street, just down the block from the dispensary. The car had a lot of damage, and it looked like the airbag had deployed and was hanging out of the driver's side window. 

Officials said that an officer is receiving treatment for a minor injury.

The crime scene remains sealed off as investigators gather evidence.

The involved officers were wearing body cameras and that footage will be reviewed as part of the investigation.