Oakley Officer Shoots And Kills Crash Suspect

By: Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
By: Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

A police officer in the small Contra Costa County city of Oakley shot and killed a man who tried to grab his gun during a struggle after the suspect was involved in a traffic collision, authorities said today.

The name of the dead man, a 49-year-old Oakley resident, was not released pending notification of his family.

The shooting happened at 11:56 p.m. Saturday after the officer saw a car travel past him at a high rate of speed on Live Oak Avenue, police said.

The officer followed the car for a short distance and realized that it had just crashed into another car on the 4000 block of Live Oak, said Jimmy Lee, spokesman for the Contra Costa County sheriff's office, which provides law-enforcement services for Oakley, a city of 33,000.

As the officer approached the man inside the car, the suspect "attacked the officer without provocation," Lee said. The two began fighting, and during the struggle the suspect tried to take the officer's gun, Lee said.

The officer fired one shot from his service weapon, hitting the suspect. The man was taken to Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, where he was pronounced dead.

The son of the suspect was combative at the scene of the shooting and was arrested, Lee said. His name was also not released.

The officer is on routine paid administrative leave pending investigations by Oakley police, Contra Costa sheriff's investigators and the district attorney's office.

The shooting is the third this year-and second fatality-involving a Contra Costa sheriff's deputy or officer assigned to police a city that contracts with the sheriff.

In March, a sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a 25-year-old San Mateo man after the suspect brandished two knives during a confrontation behind a convenience store in El Sobrante.

In January, sheriff's Deputy Dale Hadley shot and killed Howard Moody Williams, 37, on the 5800 block of McBryde Avenue in unincorporated Richmond. Williams allegedly confronted Hadley with a hammer after the deputy interrupted a burglary in progress.

E-mail Henry K. Lee at hlee@sfchronicle.com.

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