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Vallejo Police Shoot, Kill Armed Robbery Suspect

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A Vallejo police cruiser. (CBS)

A Vallejo police cruiser. (CBS)

VALLEJO (CBS SF) — Vallejo police shot and killed an armed robbery suspect after a chase and a crash Saturday morning, a fire captain said.

The incident began around 10 a.m. when there was a robbery at a convenience store on Wilson Avenue in Vallejo, fire Capt. Dan Sarna said.

Police pursued a car matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle to Lemon and Sheridan streets, where it crashed into a fire hydrant and went through a fence and into the front yard of a home, Sarna said.

The suspect exited the car and fled on foot, and a confrontation occurred a short time later in which the suspect had a weapon, according to Sarna.

Police opened fire, killing the suspect, he said.

A police spokesman was not immediately available to provide more details on the incident.

A woman who lives on Sheridan Street said she heard a crash, then sirens. She went outside and saw that a white SUV had struck a fire hydrant.

She said the suspect fled to the other side of a wall next to a home, and that police used a nearby ladder to peer over the wall and spot him.

The woman, who declined to give her name, said she heard an officer say, “let me see your hands,” and that she then heard five to eight shots in rapid succession.

“I was trying to count because I was like, wow, he’s not going to make it,” she said of the suspect.

She said a short time after the shots were fired, ambulances that had responded left the scene without taking anyone away.

A woman answering the phone at Beer Bait & Convenience at 829 Wilson Ave. said a robbery had occurred there Saturday morning but that she did not know whether the officer-involved shooting was connected to the crime.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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