Investigation continues into Fremont’s officer-involved shooting


Photo by Anda Chu (staff)

I’m outside the house where a man died after apparently being shot by at least one Fremont officer on Valentine’s Day. I see five officers and a police dog on scene on Day 2 of the investigation. The officers have been examining a blue truck parked on the driveway all afternoon.

The 52-year-old man, whose name hasn’t been released by authorities, was believed to have been drinking and armed when officers responded to a call about a family disturbance in south Fremont around 11:40 a.m. Sunday. At one point, the man aimed a handgun toward police. Four veteran officers fired their guns, killing the man, according to a police statement. For today’s story, click here.

I’m waiting to hear from police about how many bullets actually hit the man, and of course, the coroner’s office still needs to confirm the cause of death.

In the meantime, I spoke to some neighbors, one of whom said he and his wife were  home entertaining guests yesterday morning when they received a call from the police department, instructing them to stay indoors and away from the windows.  Next thing, the neighbor said, he heard, “Boom boom boom” and later saw the man lying with his stomach on the ground and hands behind his back.

According to the neighbor, the man who died had told the neighbor’s son a couple days ago that he had been out of work the last 2-3 months. On Monday, a “For Sale” sign lay on the lawn in front of the house.

The neighbor was not aware of any previous disputes between the couple. “Every time we saw them, they were just talking like a normal couple,” he said.

Linh Tat