Vallejo po­lice kill armed man in drive-through dis­tur­bance

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BAY AREA - By J.K. Di­neen J.K. Di­neen is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: jdi­[email protected]­i­ Twit­ter: @sfjkdi­neen

An armed man who had fallen asleep in a Taco Bell drive-through line in Vallejo was fa­tally shot by po­lice Satur­day night, ac­cord­ing to the Vallejo Po­lice Depart­ment.

Po­lice re­ceived a call at 10:36 p.m. from a Taco Bell em­ployee at the restau­rant at 974 Ad­mi­ral Callaghan Lane. The em­ployee told po­lice that a man was “hunched over” be­hind the wheel of a sil­ver Mercedes sedan. When po­lice ar­rived they found that the driver was un­re­spon­sive in a locked car with a hand­gun sit­ting in his lap.

Af­ter call­ing for backup, the re­spond­ing of­fi­cers de­ter­mined the car’s trans­mis­sion was in drive and the doors were locked. “They made ef­forts to stop any for­ward progress by the Mercedes as they as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion and asked for ad­di­tional re­sources,” po­lice said in a state­ment.

The driver then abruptly moved. Po­lice or­dered him to keep his hands vis­i­ble, but the man quickly reached for his gun. Fear­ing their safety, the of­fi­cers shot him, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The of­fi­cers re­quested med­i­cal as­sis­tance and be­gan life­sav­ing ef­forts, but the driver was pro­nounced dead at the scene. A loaded hand­gun was re­cov­ered from the ve­hi­cle, po­lice said.

The iden­tity of the driver has not been re­leased and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Any­one who may have wit­nessed the shoot­ing or who has ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion can con­tact De­tec­tive Scott Yates at 707-648-4533 or De­tec­tive Craig Long at 707-648-4514.

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