Oscar Herrera, 18, a student at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, was shot and killed by a Dublin police officer late Sunday as he wielded a metal baseball bat at the officer.
Dublin police were responding to a domestic disturbance call shortly after 6 p.m. in the 7000 block of Dublin Meadows Street when they were met at the front door by Herrera, who was holding the bat, Dublin Police Lt. Herb Walters said.
One officer drew his pistol as the bat struck him on his right hand, which was holding the weapon, according to Walters. Police allege that Herrera then raised the baseball bat over his head, aiming at the officer's head.
Walters said the officer believed his life was in danger and fired four rounds at Herrera.
Medical personnel responded to the scene, but Herrera succumbed to his injuries.
Dublin police conducted interviews throughout Sunday night and learned that a family member had asked a friend to call the police because Herrera was being physical with his mother, Walters said. The friend reported to police that Herrera had pushed her and was possibly confrontational due to the effects of going through a drug detox program.
According to police, the witness interviews were consistent with the report that Herrera attacked the officer with a baseball bat.
Police also learned that last Saturday, Livermore police were called to an incident where Herrera allegedly was using methamphetamine, attacked a friend and threatened to eat him. When Livermore police arrived, Herrera was covered in blood and began fighting with the officers, according to Walters.
Police in Livermore had to use their Taser to gain control of Herrera, according to Walters. He was then transported to a local hospital for treatment. Herrera called his mother on Sunday morning to pick him up at the hospital because he decided to leave against the medical advice of the doctor treating him, according to police.
Herrera had a criminal history of assaults, possession of weapons and drugs, and resisting arrest, according to Walters.