RICHMOND (KRON) — A Richmond man is in critical condition after a police officer shot and wounded him Thursday afternoon.
The shooting happened at about 1:30 p.m. at Nevin Avenue and 20th Street. That’s just east of the Richmond BART station.
Richmond Police Captain Mark Gagan says the officer spoke with the suspect in Spanish while trying to make contact with him. That’s when the officer says the man pulled out a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine.
“The officer shot the suspect in defense of his own life,” Gagan said.
The officer was not injured. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office will handle the investigation.
“We let them take the lead in officer-involved shootings,” Gagan said. “We’re here to play a supporting role.”
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