2 Fremont officers hurt in June shootout recovering, one back at work


FREMONT (KRON) — The two Fremont police officers that were shot and injured in the line of duty this summer are both recovering.

One officer is now back on full duty and the second officer has been released from the hospital. The second officer is “making great strides in his personal recovery,” police said.

In one incident, the alleged gunman shot one officer after a traffic stop, critically injuring him. He then shot another officer at a different location.

The suspect was eventually identified as 44-year-old Gerald Villabrille Jr., who barricaded himself in an unoccupied home, and after an hours-long standoff with police, killed himself.

Villabrille Jr., of San Jose, allegedly shot the officers after he was pulled over on Fremont Boulevard while driving a stolen pickup truck on June 1, police said.

Villabrille backed into a patrol car and opened fire on an officer, critically wounding him, then fled on foot. Two other passengers in the truck also fled, according to police.

Officers chased Villabrille to the backyard of a nearby home, where more gunfire was exchanged. It was there that Villabrille shot a second officer, a detective with 10 years experience, police said.

Villabrille continued to flee and ended up barricading himself in a home, where he fatally shot himself in the head after a lengthy standoff, according to the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.

The home where he was hiding burned to the ground after officers shot teargas inside.

The officers’ names have not been released.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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