By Jason Green
Source Bay Area News Group
REDWOOD CITY, CA—Officers shot and killed a man while responding to an apparent domestic violence incident Tuesday afternoon in Redwood City, police said.
Around 3:20 p.m., a 9-1-1 emergency dispatcher fielded a call from a cellphone but no one spoke, the Redwood City Police Department said in a statement. The dispatcher, however, could hear what sounded like a child screaming in the background.
Police said a call back to the cellphone went to voicemail. A cellular tower indicated the cellphone was in the 1500 block of El Camino Real and officers were sent to investigate.
Officers arrived to find a man, woman and three children involved in a domestic violence incident, police said, adding that the man armed himself with a handgun and tried to use the children as a shield.
Police said the officers tried to negotiate with the man, but before communication could be established, they “perceived” he was trying to shoot the woman, children or both.
Officers “responded immediately with lethal force,” incapacitating the man, police said.
Police said a loaded handgun was removed from the man and officers provided aid while medical personnel responded to the scene. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The woman suffered injuries but they were not related to the shooting, police said, adding that she was taken to a hospital for treatment. The children were unharmed.
As is customary in such cases, the involved officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office conducts an investigation.
El Camino Real remained closed between Roosevelt and Vera avenues Tuesday night.
Anyone with information related to the case can contact the RCPD tip line at 650-780-7110.
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