Update: Napa Police Officer Shoots Gunman After Report of Family Dispute, Department Says | Crime and courts

Updated at 22:55 A Napa police officer shot a gunman on Wednesday after a family dispute that drew a major police response to a townhouse development in north Napa, the department said, which said the man injured was hospitalized Wednesday evening.

The disruption was reported to the Napa dispatch center before 1:40 p.m. and drew several police vehicles to a house in the 1600 block of Pear Tree Lane. A caller told dispatchers that a neighbor’s son, 26, was pointing a gun at his father outside the house, Napa police said in a press release.

As the police made their way to Pear Tree Lane, the man’s father also called the police. Dispatchers learned the man was armed with a loaded gun, and officers heard gunshots as they approached the house, police said.

Upon arriving at the house, officers saw the man holding a gun and “acting in an imminently threatening manner”, after which a policeman fired his service weapon and punched the man, the statement said. Napa police.

Officers provided emergency treatment to the injured man until emergency medical workers arrived, who took him to hospital for treatment, Napa police reported. The man’s condition was not available at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, as was his and his father’s identity.

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The officer involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department policy after such incidents. Members of the Napa County Major Crime Task Force have secured the scene and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office will investigate, according to Napa Police.

“I would like to thank the neighbors for their willingness to report this incident as well as for their cooperation and patience,” Police Chief Jennifer Gonzales said in the statement. “We are also grateful to the emergency medical and hospital staff who promptly treated the man.”

Anyone who has witnessed the incident and has not yet been interviewed by the Major Crimes Task Force is urged to contact the Napa Sheriff’s Investigation Unit at 707-253-4509.

Pear Tree Lane, which forks onto Soscol Avenue to serve a cluster of townhouses south of Trancas Street, was closed shortly after the shooting, and a Nixle alert issued by police shortly after 2 p.m. advised people to avoid the area and take alternate routes while officers remained at the scene. Officers then put yellow warning tape on a section of the residential street further west of Soscol.

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