OAKLAND (KRON) — A shoplifting suspect who was shot and killed by Emeryville police on Tuesday afternoon tried to carjack three different motorists before pointing a loaded revolver at the officers, authorities said on Wednesday.
The shooting took place outside of the Home Depot at 3838 Hollis St. in Oakland. Loss prevention officers at the store contacted Emeryville police at 12:35 p.m. to report a woman who had been stealing knives and other items.
The woman was allegedly putting the items under her purse in a shopping cart and wheeled it out of the store without paying, Emeryville police Chief Ken James said.
Security guards followed the woman outside and tried to bring back into the store. She pulled a gun on them before fleeing and trying to carjack three different drivers, James said.
When the two Emeryville officers arrived, the woman turned her revolver at them, James said. They fired a total of seven shots between the two of them. One officer, a woman, fired only once while the other, a man, fired six times.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The woman’s identity is not being released because police have not yet contacted her family but authorities said she was in her late 30s. The woman had prior arrests for theft and fraud, but no history of violence, James said.
The two officers have been placed on administrative shooting is being investigated by the Oakland police homicide section, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and Emeryville police.
James said this is the third fatal shooting by an Emeryville police officer since he joined the department in 1975. While Oakland police have not had a shooting involving an Oakland police officer in about 20 months, the woman’s death is the third suspect shot in Oakland by an officer with an outside agency since August.
On Aug. 3, 23-year-old Jacorey Calhoun was shot and killed by an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy after a pursuit that ended in the area of 105th and Edes avenues.
On Dec. 7, San Leandro police shot and killed 27-year-old Guadalupe Manzo-Ochoa when she allegedly tried to ram her way out of a cul-de-sac in the 9800 block of Springfield Street after police chased her there from San Leandro.
Anyone with information about Tuesday’s shooting has been asked to contact the Oakland police homicide section at (510) 238-3821.
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