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Suspected burglar fatally shot in chase outside Specialty Sales Classics

Pleasanton police encounter man while responding to burglar alarm at downtown agency

A man fleeing the showroom at Specialty Sales Classics auto sales at 2 a.m. Sunday was shot and killed by Pleasanton police who had responded to a burglar alarm at the dealership.

Police Lt. Jeff Bretzing said that upon arrival at Specialty Sales at 4321 First St., officers saw a white male adult in front of the business acting agitated and aggressive.

After refusing the commands of the officers, the man fled on foot into the building. Moments later he ran back out through a broken window at the rear of the building and kept running. An officer, who had been standing to the rear of the business, ran after him.

"An altercation took place between the officer and the male, during which the officer fired his pistol hitting the male," Bretzing said.

The suspected burglar was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The officer was treated and released for minor injuries at Stanford Health Care's ValleyCare medical center. The officer's name is not being released at this time.

The Alameda County Coroner's Office is assisting with identifying the male subject.

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57 people like this
Posted by Ruthann
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 5, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Good to hear the police officer was released and will be ok. Thank you Pleasanton police, for always working hard at keeping our town safe. As a parent we still worry about our kids, but as time goes by & their wings start to spread...it feels good knowing they are spreading their wings in one of the safest towns in the bay area. I grew up in a bad area, so I know & appreciate just how safe this town is. I am grateful to you- Pleasanton Police Dept.


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Posted by Good Citizen
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm

There is no mention of the suspect being armed. We need to wait for more information. I would hate to learn that a Pleasanton officer executed an unarmed burgler.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

@Good Citizen:

This is a great afternoon for you to travel to the nearest beach, put your head in the sand, long enough, so that we do not hear from you again!


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Posted by Educated
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm

@Good Citizen
Exactly how is the police officer supposed to determine in the dark whether or not the burglar is armed? Police have to make split-second decisions, and I would much prefer a burglar being killed as opposed to a police officer being killed. There has never been a problem with overly aggressive police in Pleasanton. Let's give them benefit of the doubt.


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Posted by Member26582972
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm

I live near. What I thought was the result of annoying kids playing with whistler fireworks and fire crackers in the public parking lot around 1:45 - 2:30am seems now to have actually been greater than 5 gun shots and an intruder alarm ( at least five and much much more if all of what I heard were gun shots and not any fireworks during those times). Looking forward to seeing if the alleged criminal was armed or not and more details from the investigation. To the other posters who think it's so cut and dry that he was rightfully shot - would they need to crime scene the area for greater than 14 hours and continuing if that was so? I don't have an opinion either way but I don't think the shooting of an unarmed burglar is so straightforward in terms of legal 'justice' as you claim. Of course it's better for a police to remain alive than a burglar, but it is also still wrong if a mentally disabled or impaired human being makes a mistake without a lethal weapon yet lethal force is applied to him without more careful consideration. Yes yes it is in the moment for the officer and I agree that is a large factor. Plus - this stuff doesn't happen here so the force doesn't have much practice. Hopefully everything ends fairly. And they get rid of this damn crime scene bullshit that is preventing businesses downtown from profiting fully on the forth of July weekend.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 5, 2015 at 4:57 pm

I don't shed any tears over the burglar in this case, but this case does make me wonder about exactly circimstances justify the use of deadly force by police officers.

"In the United States, the use of deadly force is often granted to law enforcement officers when the person or people in question are believed to be an immediate danger to people around them. For example, an armed man flaunting a firearm in a shopping mall without regard to the safety of those around him, and refusing or being unwilling to negotiate, would warrant usage of deadly force, as a means to protect others. The use of deadly force is also authorized when a person poses a significant threat to a law enforcement officer, usually when the officer is at risk of serious bodily injury or death. This is governed by the Tennessee v. Garner ruling in 1985 in which the U.S. Supreme Court said that "deadly force...may not be used unless necessary to prevent the escape and the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious bodily harm to the officer or others." This case abolished the Fleeing felon rule where a fleeing felon who posed no immediate threat to society (e.g., a burglar) could be shot if he/she refused to halt.[2]"

Wikipedia, "Deadly Force": Web Link


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Posted by Been There
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm

I guess that some didn't read in the article that there was a "FIGHT" between the officer and the burglar. Yes a fight, where bad things can happen, and in this case the good guy won the fight. The officer doesn't have to wait to be shot or knocked unconscious before he can act to save his life. The top priority for any officer is to go home at the end of his shift and this officer did just that. Good for him!


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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 5, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Guaranteed way to avoid a bad experience with the police. Don't break the law, don't run, don't fight the officer. Thank you officers for putting yourselves in harms way everyday to keep our families safe.


26 people like this
Posted by Good Citizen
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

@ Michael,

Great way to engage in respectful discourse. I am willing to bet I have lived in this community longer than you. I have an investment in property and loved ones in Pleasanton, I am very entitled to my concerns and perspective.

We are all at risk if deadly force is not openly and carefully investigated. I care deeply about the lives of law enforcement, but I also care about the lives of citizens. I do not believe that an officer, who has accepted a job with risk and responsibility, can only consider their own safety.

As I said we will have to wait to learn the details.

Good link Damon.


24 people like this
Posted by Realist
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

"damn crime scene? " Don't you want the incident investigated? What kind of a person puts business before justice? Someone should take a long look at their messed up set of values...unbelievable. I am glad to see the Officer is ok and they did not hesitate to protect themselves when the suspect began to fight. Lethal force is always authorized when the officer feels his/her life may be in danger.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 5, 2015 at 6:06 pm

This happened fairly close to my home. Anyone who thinks that a fleeing suspect, who has physical contact with an officer, deserves to be allowed to get away is just stupid. Simple rule -- if a cops says "stop", you stop. If you refuse, the cop can use whatever force is needed to stop you. Those of you who try to analyze this and say that a simple burglary should not cost a suspect his life should simply go live somewhere else. I am happy that the PPD took the required action to stop this felon. I can tell you that if that felon had come into my home I would have shot him in a heartbeat. As I would shoot ANYONE who comes uninvited into my home. No matter their age, mental condition or intentions.


12 people like this
Posted by resident too
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 5, 2015 at 6:33 pm

There are many holes in this story that have yet to be filled with actual facts rather than speculation and conclusions from the reader. There was a burglary and there was some sort of interaction with the officer at the rear of the building that resulted in the suspect being shot and killed. That is it. I will wait and hope there is more specific information regarding the incident.


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Posted by Waiting for investigation
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 5, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Good Citizen,

I agree with you that we need to wait for more information, however, your used of the inflammatory phrase "executed an unarmed burglar" make it sound like you have an agenda. There are bad cops but there are far more bad citizens; I fully expect police officers to preserve their own lives first when dealing with suspects who are armed or fighting with them.


12 people like this
Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Better hope he had a weapon and did not get shot in the back. Otherwise it's murder and should be. A bloody nose is no reason to gun someone down.


27 people like this
Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm

A suspect doesn't need to be armed to be killed by an officer.

The suspect fought with and injured an officer while committing a felony burglary and not listening to commands. The facts that have been released so far sound reasonable. Numerous officers have been killed when their gun has been taken from them so don't forget that there is always a gun there in these situations. The officers doesn't have to wait to be knocked out cold to take lethal action.

I imagine when more facts get released it will continue to back the officers' actions.

Good guys - 1, bad guys - 0.


9 people like this
Posted by WhiteLivesMatterToo
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Will the "police brutality" circus be coming to town? Will Obama butt in and ask the DOJ to investigate? Don't hold your breath. If the dead man were black, however, we'd have our own 3-ring circus in Pleasanton.


17 people like this
Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

So if you whipped a cops butt and are running away. He can gun you down to death? If true that is messed up.


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Posted by Unknown
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 5, 2015 at 10:16 pm

I live for almost 30 yrs. in this town and our Police Dept. always been very respectful and very polite with our citizens. Lately has been several times problems in that corner what make me to believe that strangers coming from other town and they must be guard themselves, we hope that the decision made by the police was correct we don't need more publicity that we already have unless the police act incorrectly. God protect us.


17 people like this
Posted by Hugh Jorgan
a resident of Siena
on Jul 5, 2015 at 10:20 pm

The point Jerry the Genius, is that the officer doesn't have to wait to get his butt whipped and hope the guy runs away. Every time an officer fights with a suspect, there is at least one gun in that fight. Just like the scenario in Dublin a couple years ago when that dirtbag was slamming the deputy's head into the curb and she 10X'd him. She doesn't have to wait to go unconscious and hope the guy runs away rather than taking her gun and finishing the job.

Thank you Pleasanton PD for putting yourselves in harms way to protect us.


26 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Just another vote of support for the Pleasanton Police in this situation. I'm sure it was a reasonable last resort given circumstances. You have the communities support, thank you.


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Posted by Memner
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm

Anyone else notice that the offer was treated in P-Town but the suspect was transferred to Castro Valley? Is that standard to drive someone so far?


5 people like this
Posted by cris
a resident of Civic Square
on Jul 5, 2015 at 11:47 pm

This terrifies me that another armed minority was killed by police especially in my community. But I am not surprised due to all the racist white people in Pleasanton. Pleasanton parents turn their heads when their children pop pills and smoke meth but are quick to call the cops on the brown kids playing outside 1 min past curfew.


16 people like this
Posted by Common practice
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jul 5, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Valley Care does not have a trauma center so anyone with life threatening injuries will go to Eden. Otherwise, Valley Care will treat them.


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Posted by cris is an idiot
a resident of Avignon
on Jul 6, 2015 at 12:41 am

The suspect was white but nice try playing the race card


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Posted by wait and see
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2015 at 2:38 am

"Posted by Hugh Jorgan, ... Just like the scenario in Dublin a couple years ago when that dirtbag was slamming the deputy's head into the curb and she 10X'd him. She doesn't have to wait to go unconscious and hope the guy runs away rather than taking her gun and finishing the job."

Slow down. It's attitudes like yours, and a few other posters, that scare me. And, BTW, your defensiveness is offensive. Were you at the scene of the shooting? Let's let the police investigation of the police, and I'm sure it will be independent (because lawyers will be watching), play out.


11 people like this
Posted by Don Key
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:16 am

There is a high probability of bad things happening when you choose to partake in high risk behavior.


4 people like this
Posted by Mitch
a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:22 am

Has the name of the deceased been released yet, or are they still putting together the "official" story?

C'mon Pleasanton Weekly, ditch the rubber stamp and do some reporting!




2 people like this
Posted by Fairness
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:34 am

I know everyone will go nuts if I say this but what would be the response from readers if this was an Africa American. I know I am not allowed to even start this discussion although it's America.


22 people like this
Posted by P-Towner
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

Thank you Pleasanton police officers! Your community appreciates what you do for us everyday.


11 people like this
Posted by K McDougall
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:46 am

Good Lord, executed a criminal? The only good bad guy is a dead bad guy. Don't break the law, stay alive, I don't live in that area anymore, and now live in Las Vegas where the crime rate here is just out of control, because someone won't get an education, or a job to buy their own stuff, they think they are entitled to your stuff and don't mind shooting you to get it. Go get em cops. You have my vote of confidence


16 people like this
Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 6, 2015 at 9:35 am

@K McDougall: "Good Lord, executed a criminal? The only good bad guy is a dead bad guy. Don't break the law, stay alive..."

Sorry, it doesn't work that way in this country. A policeman cannot shoot an unarmed fleeing suspect who poses no immediate danger to the public in the back and kill him. Not saying that that is what happened in this present case because the details of this case and the police investigation have not been released. Oh, and getting into a physical altercation with the suspect before shooting him in the back as he is fleeing is no justification, either. That's what happened recently in the very well publicized Walter Scott case in South Carolina where a police officer shot Walter Scott about eight times in the back as he was running away. That officer was fired from the police force and was indicted by a grand jury for murder.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2015 at 9:39 am

So much ignorance here. Not all cops are good cops.Not all "bad guys" deserve to die. There are no guarantees.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2015 at 9:41 am

Damon,
Agree police shouldn't shoot unarmed suspects that do not pose an immediate threat. Completely disagree about not shooting one after they engage in an altercation with an officer. Sorry - you're putting the ownership on the wrong party - think about what a fleeing suspect is capable of doing if they're ok with fighting a police officer.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 6, 2015 at 9:50 am

@Pleasanton Parent: "Agree police shouldn't shoot unarmed suspects that do not pose an immediate threat. Completely disagree about not shooting one after they engage in an altercation with an officer. "

Your disagreement, then, is with the Supreme Court and the grand jury which indicted the South Carolina police officer for murder.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

Good work by the PPD! Thank you for protecting us.

Guns are welcome on premises.
Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises.
In such case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated!

"A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one. You'll probably never need one again."

Would the other progressive liberals posting here please put a sign on your lawn that says,
"Gun free zone"
so that the perps go to your houses and stay away from mine!!!


5 people like this
Posted by angus
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 6, 2015 at 10:06 am

It is interesting that many of us assume that the officer may have deliberately and with malice shot the suspect with intent to kill. The fleeing felon did so after questionable behavior at the scene, the police officer had a struggle with the deceased. Being unarmed is not being innocent, nor is it rendering a person harmless. to the contrary, unarmed combatants can inflict great harm without weapons. The investigation will no doubt shed light upon what happened. as for our police force, on the whole, professional, dedicated, and well trained.


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Posted by Pleasanton parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

I have to abide by their ruling until it's otherwise changed, and yes, I disagree with the ruling.

Continue to support an environment that doesn't respect law enforcement and you will have more criminal activity as the risk will only be taken by law enforcement instead of the criminal element. Our laws and rulings should place more ownership on the criminal.


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Posted by Are you serious?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

It's worth noting "Cris" got it wrong, and someone was quick to trample on him/her for using the race card, however "WhiteLivesMatter" and "Fairness" have plenty to say about race, but nothing mentioned towards them??
Race shouldn't have been mentioned, period, but if you're going to slap someone around, slap them all because all 3 of them have uneducated comments.

Bottom line, someone committed a crime, fought with the police and lost his life because of his decisions and actions. A tragic situation all around.


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Posted by mrs bob
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

Don't understand why the officer shot him. If you read it he shot him whilst he c was running away! They'd had the fight. .. so if the burglar was armed would he not of harmed the officer then? The Life of the officer wasn't in danger as the man was running away from him! He The officer wanted to stop him running then he should of aimed for his legs. .. more training is needed in this. Train officer's not to KILL for this type of offense but harm & stop! It's someones son, brother. .. not just a 'burglar'...With help he could be reformed. But no chance now! Always too quick to use the gun. ..


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

These people claiming that he was a "minority" are actually correct.

Rational people do not break into a business at 2 AM -- a minority of idiots will do that.

Rational people do not run from cops who are armed -- a minority of idiots will do that.

Rational people do not have a physical altercation with an armed officer -- a minority of idiots will do that.

This time "minority" does not refer to race it refers to a person of no known smarts with bad intent and even worse judgment. He deserved to be taken down for that crime and all of the others he would have committed had he been allowed to get away. Think about it for a minute. I live in that area. If the cops were so very concerned with NOT harming a fleeing felon he might have ended up in my home next. Oh wait, that might have been a good thing. I have guns and am very good at using them. I also have absolutely NO hesitation about shooting and killing an uninvited intruder in my home. Those of you who will argue that the cop should have used a tazer (get real, I am certified on them also and they do NOT work in most situations) or should have allowed this fleeing felon to escape should go live in Oakland or Stockton. The cops there are too busy with other deadly crimes to bother keeping a potentially deadly criminal out of your homes in the middle of the night.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2015 at 11:32 am

@ Bob,

You need to slow down and retread the article. It did not say that the suspect was shot while running away. Here is what the article reported:

An officer, who had been standing to the rear of the business, ran after him, firing his pistol after a fight.

So, to clarify... The suspect ran, the Officer ran after the suspect, a fight ensued, the Officer fired. That's all we know from what was reported. Anything else is just speculation at this time.


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on Jul 6, 2015 at 11:37 am

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