December 30, 2010

San Leandro Police Press Conference on San Leandro Police Officer Shooting of Woman

At 2:45pm on December 30, 2010, Lt. Jeff Tudor of the San Leandro Police Department held a press conference about the fatal shooting of a Hayward woman by a San Leandro police officer on December 29, 2010.

The shooting occurred in Oakland near the border with San Leandro. According to Tudor, the suspects' vehicle came to the attention of San Leandro police when it quickly left a liquor store. When the police called in the suspect vehicle's license plate, they learned it had been stolen from the 600 block of Lewelling earlier in the day and police attempted to pull it over. The vehicle crashed and one police officer shot and killed the driver when he said that he feared that the driver would run over the other police officer.

Tudor would not release any information about the police officers involved except to say that they were veteran officers. Similarly, the only information Tudor revealed about the suspects was that both had criminal records, the female driver was from Hayward and the male passenger was from Oakland.

A KTVU news story said that neighbors "heard at least nine shots," but when Tudor was asked how many shots were fired, he replied, "It's an unknown at this time."

KTVU reporter John Sasaki noted, "It [the suspects' stolen car] ends up in a 180 degrees, crashes into the green car that's parked the right way - It's a Pontiac sitting there on the street and my understanding is that it was parked with its rear quarter panel against that car with a police car, perhaps the pursuing officers, their car in front. So essentially that sounds like the car was boxed in and couldn't go anywhere." Tudor replied, "Again, this investigation is ongoing. I don't have all the details."

Sasaki continued, "The reason I bring that is some witnesses have told us they didn't think that individual needed to be shot." Tudor responded, "There's various witnesses that have been identified and there's been various statements made regarding the incident."

The complete press conference can be seen below:

More coverage at San Leandro Patch.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at December 30, 2010 4:08 PM | TrackBack

Thanks for recording this and for posting it Mike. It's sad all around.

Posted by: Tim at December 30, 2010 7:20 PM
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