SAN PABLO – An officer shot and seriously injured a 44-year-old man Friday afternoon in San Pablo, according to police.
The shooting happened outside a residence in the 2600 block of Dover Avenue, the San Pablo Police Department said in a statement.
Officers were initially called to the home around 1:40 p.m. to assist with a mental health evaluation, according to police. A woman told a 911 dispatcher her husband was showing signs of schizophrenia.
When officers arrived at the residence, the husband locked himself inside a room and refused to talk to them, police said. He did not live at the home, but he was not acting violent at the time and his wife agreed to call police if he exited and needed help.
The wife called 911 around 2:50 p.m. and asked officers to return to the residence because her husband was harassing her, according to police. He was outside now and she did not want him to return.
The dispatcher overheard the husband in the background say he would “kill police officers and make them kill him,” police said.
Officers arrived to find the husband in the front yard. Police said he did not listen to their orders and concealed himself in the side yard. At one point, he reportedly threw pieces of brick at the officers.
In an effort to subdue the husband, officers fired Tasers and bean bag rounds at him, but they were not effective. He then grabbed a folding chair, which he used as a shield, and charged at officers with a three-foot-long metal pole, according to police.
The husband swung the pole at an officer, who ducked to avoid being hit, police said. Another officer fired one round from his service weapon, hitting the husband in the upper right leg.
The man was then arrested and taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is leading the investigation into the shooting, according to police. The officers involved in the incident will be placed on paid administrative leave per county policy.
Anyone with information related to the case can contact the police department’s investigations division at 510-215-3150.
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