SUISUN CITY — Suisun City police identified the victim in Wednesday morning’s police shooting near the Suisun Senior Center as Bernardo Ararao, 55, of Suisun City.
A Suisun City police officer fatally shot Ararao once in the chest after Ararao failed to comply to the officer’s orders to drop his gun and get down on the ground, according to police. According to a press release, only one officer fired a shot.
The shooting happened after police got a call from the Suisun Senior Center shortly before 11:30 a.m. stating that Ararao had shown a woman there a gun and told her he was “going on assignment.”
Police spotted Ararao across the street in a parking lot and confronted him. The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Police Department and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.
According to Solano County court records, Ararao has had several run-ins with Fairfield and Suisun City police, and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, between 2003 and 2008. All of the cases filed — six misdemeanors and one felony — were dismissed.
The charges resulted in Ararao being jailed for several months at a time and repeatedly being deemed mentally incompetent and unable to aid in his own defense. In 2008, he was sent to a state mental facility where he spent a year before being deemed stable.
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