Po­lice fa­tally shoot man af­ter chas­ing his ve­hi­cle

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - NATION - By Do­minic Fra­cassa Do­minic Fra­cassa is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: dfra­cassa@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @do­minicfra­cassa

Danville po­lice re­spond­ing to a re­port of a sus­pi­cious per­son shot a man to death Satur­day morn­ing on Di­ablo Road at Front Street.

The shoot­ing oc­curred in down­town Danville just af­ter 11 a.m., said Ge­off Gil­lette, a city pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer. Danville po­lice and the Con­tra Costa County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice and dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Po­lice were re­spond­ing to a re­port of a sus­pi­cious per­son near Cot­tage Lane and Lau­rel Drive, and the man, whose iden­tity was not re­leased, fled in a ve­hi­cle as po­lice ar­rived, ac­cord­ing to a sher­iff ’s state­ment. Of­fi­cers chased the man to Front Street and Di­ablo Road.

When the of­fi­cers got out of their cars to ar­rest him, the man “drove straight to­ward” an of­fi­cer as if to run him over, Danville Po­lice Chief Al­lan Shields said at a news con­fer­ence Satur­day. He did not take ques­tions.

“Fear­ing for his life, our of­fi­cer fired his weapon to­ward the ve­hi­cle in an at­tempt to get the driver to stop,” Shields said. The driver was struck and crashed his car. Of­fi­cers be­gan “im­me­di­ate life-sav­ing mea­sures” on the sus­pect, Shields said, and he was trans­ported to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal, where he died.

The of­fi­cer sus­tained a mi­nor in­jury.

Danville of­fi­cials closed Di­ablo Road at Front Street for sev­eral hours Satur­day as in­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­am­ined the scene.

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