PITTSBURG (CBS SF) — A man who fired at a SWAT armored vehicle was injured by return fire during a tense confrontation Friday night at his family’s home in Pittsburg.
Pittsburg Police say officers responded to a home in the 1300 block of Redwood Street just before 11:30 p.m. after an elderly woman called dispatch to report her adult son had a gun, pulled it out and fired several hits.
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The woman then informed the dispatch that her son had returned to the house, but still had the gun with him. The woman told police that she and her husband were hiding in their bedroom inside the house.
When officers arrived in the neighborhood, they heard a gunshot that appeared to come from the house. Officers were able to contact the elderly couple inside the home and get them out without their son’s knowledge.
Officers used the department’s armored personnel carrier that had arrived on the scene to approach the front of the house. One of the officers was posted from the top of the vehicle’s roof.
Officers then saw the house porch light go out and the man walk out with the gun. An officer yelled at the man to show him his hands, but the man then pointed the gun at the officers in the vehicle and fired in their direction.
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An officer fired a bullet from his service rifle in response, hitting the man in the upper torso. The man came back inside the house and out of sight of the officer. A few minutes later, the man called 911 and told the dispatcher he had been shot.
He was asked to go back outside without the gun, which he did.
The suspect was taken to hospital and was expected to survive. He was only identified as a 29-year-old man from Pittsburgh. A loaded rifle with a casing fired inside the bedroom was recovered inside the house.
The Contra Costa County Officer Incident Protocol has been enacted and the District Attorney’s Office will conduct an independent investigation into this incident.
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The Pittsburg Police Department Independent Outside Investigator is also conducting an independent investigation into the incident in accordance with department policy.