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2 Fatal Shootings By Bay Area Police

KCBS Radio Midday News
December 05, 2018 - 2:33 pm

MARTINEZ — Bay Area police are investigating two fatal shootings by officers in Napa and Martinez on Wednesday.

The first occurred after police responded to a call of an assault at an apartment complex just before 2 a.m. in Napa.

The first altercation occurred around 2 a.m. in Napa when authorities said that an officer with a rifle shot a possibly armed 27-year-old man. Napa police said that David Molina, who was seen riding his skateboard, matched the description of an armed suspect who'd committed an assault.

Police claim that Molina defied police orders and ran into the Stonehouse Apartment complex. An officer shot Molina after he fought with police, according to authorities. 

The officer who pulled the trigger has been placed on administrative leave while investigators review the shooting. 

The second shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. in Martinez where a Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy allegedly shot a suspect who was wanted on an arrest warrant. 

Two deputies who spotted the 41-year-old suspect said that he repeatedly reached into the waistband of his pants before fleeing on foot, according to the sheriff's department. 

A struggle ensued when the deputies chased him down. The man, who police said had an extensive criminal record and was an alleged member of several gangs, pulled out a gun and fired one shot near a deputy's head. 

The deputy returned lethal fire, with the suspect dying at the scene of the shootout. 

Reporting by Jeffrey Schaub.

Written by Brian Krans.