Man killed by police was carrying BB gun

Posted on May 9, 2009. Filed under: California, shot by police | Tags: , |

Oakley, California – A 37-year-old suicidal man shot and killed by Oakley police officers Saturday night was carrying a BB gun that looked like a real Smith & Wesson handgun during the standoff, according to investigators.

The shooting happened about 7:50 p.m. when Oakley officers found Alan Openshaw near Lois and Mallard lanes after he had mentioned suicide and made threats toward police to dispatchers. He later led them on a pursuit that ended in the 900 block of Almond Drive when he exited the vehicle, put the gun to his head, and continued making threats to kill himself and harm police.

Officers used a 40 mm weapon firing high-velocity sponges in an attempt to disarm him, according to the sheriff’s office, which contracts to provide police services to the city. Openshaw then pointed the gun at police, and several officers discharged their firearms and shot him. More on Mercury News

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