FAIRFIELD — Police in Vallejo shot a man overnight who they suspect committed an armed robbery less than an hour earlier.
The officer-involved shooting occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. Saturday outside a bar on the 2000 block of Springs Road. The robbery was reported about 12:45 a.m. outside a bar on the 900 block of Lincoln Road East.
Police responded to the initial call and were told that three people, one armed with a chrome revolver, had committed a robbery, according to a police press release. Officers began to move through the area, focused on the area between the bar where the robbery was reported and Springs Road, the last-known direction of travel of the suspects.
Uniformed officers about 45 minutes later saw three men standing in a parking lot toward the back of a Springs Road bar. All matched witness descriptions of the robbery suspects, according to the release.
One of the men ran away, toward the rear of the bar, as officers approached, reaching into his waistband and pulling out what police describe in the release as “a silver aluminum object” while turning toward the lone officer who was chasing him. The officer feared for his safety, drew his duty weapon and shot the man once, according to the release.
The nature of the silver aluminum object was not immediately released.
The name of the man who was shot was not released. He was taken to a local hospital with injuries that police said in the release were not considered life-threatening.
He was wanted for a parole warrant out of San Francisco, according to police.
The officer, whose name was not released and who was not hurt, was placed on administrative leave in keeping with department policy after an officer-involved shooting. The shooting was under investigation by the department and by the Solano County District’s Attorney’s Office, also protocol in officer-involved shootings.
Anyone with information about the suspected robbery or the officer-involved shooting is asked to call Vallejo police at 800-488-9383 or Solano Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers to the tip line may remain anonymous.
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