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Man Shot By Vallejo Police Was Unarmed

The man who police said rushed at a Vallejo police officer was unarmed, police said today.

By Bay City News Service

A man fatally shot by a police officer following a vehicle pursuit
in Vallejo early this morning was not armed when he was shot, a police
spokesman said.
          Anton Barrett, 41, reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a
dark-colored metal object while running toward the officer at an apartment
complex in the 200 block of Wilson Avenue, police said.
          Thinking Barrett had a gun, the officer then opened fire several
times, striking him. Barrett tried to get up but was immobilized by another
officer who used his Taser to subdue him, according to police.
          Barrett was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek
where he was pronounced dead shortly after 5:30 a.m.
          A preliminary investigation revealed that the object in Barrett's
pocket was a metal wallet, not a firearm, police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Bassett
said.
          The shooting followed a pursuit that began shortly after midnight
when officers looking for drunken drivers saw a white 1999 Lexus driving
without its headlights on near the intersection of Santa Clara and Indiana
streets, according to police.
          The Lexus was speeding and did not yield when the officers tried
to pull over the vehicle, police said.
          The pursuit ended at the apartment complex on Wilson Avenue, where
Barrett, who was driving the car, and two other men got out of the Lexus and
ran away in different directions.
          Barrett's son, 18-year-old Anton Barrett Jr., was arrested after
running south toward Farragut Avenue and hiding from officers. A police
canine was used to search for the younger Barrett, who was eventually found
hiding in some bushes, police said.
          Barrett suffered some minor injuries from the dog, which also bit
the officer handling the animal. Both the officer and Barrett were taken to
hospitals and were later released, and Barrett was then booked into Solano
County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, police said.
          The third person in the Lexus fled north toward Hichborn Street
and had not been found or identified as of this afternoon, according to
police.
          Vallejo police and the Solano County District Attorney's Office
will conduct a joint investigation into the shooting. The officer who shot
Barrett has been with the department for seven years and has been placed on
paid administrative leave during the investigation, as is standard department
policy.
          The fatal shooting is the second involving a Vallejo police
officer in the past week. Late Thursday night, a man armed with a replica
handgun was shot and killed by an officer in the 2000 block of Sonoma
Boulevard, police said.
          Anyone with information about today's shooting is encouraged to
call Vallejo police Detectives Mat Mustard or Fabio Rodriguez at (800)
488-9383.

Solano County May 29, 2012 at 06:31 PM
How do we know that the man really reached into his pocket? Maybe the police officer had a bad day. Maybe the police officer wanted to set an example for others. I have to believe that the officer just erred conservatively and shot him. Many of the VPD officers are hot heads who think this is the wild west. Unfortunately, we will never know the truth. VPD needs video cameras on all of them (start by cutting their high salaries to pay for the cameras). It is possible that events occurred as stated by the VPD, but it is also possible given the history of VPD that an officer just wanted to show some authority and thought he could get away with it. I know that VPD is capable of issuing a distorted narrative to cover up its wrongdoing. Just an opionion. AJ www.solanofamilycourt.com Father's Rights Blog
jason smith May 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Man I miss him already,he wasnt that kind of guy to reach in his pocket while a police men points a gun at him...RIP.
Laura Hayward May 30, 2012 at 02:12 AM
If he wasn't doing anything wrong he would not have been running. PERIOD. This constant second guessing the police is out of hand. It's always the same rap...he was such a great guy. Really? If he was so great what was he doing going down Sacramento Street, lights off and evading the police? He was asked to stop he reaches in his pocket how dumb is that with someone pointing a gun at you? Don't answer it's called being a criminal anymore. What happened to "judge not a man by his color of skin but by the content of his CHARACTER"? When is the race card gonna stop being played and some accountability here taken? This dude sound like bad news.
enas maniatis June 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Cops are murdering liars, period.
David Ryan June 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Cops are human beings, just like you and I. They do a dangerous job each day, never knowing what will happen next, hoping to come home to their families each night. They are not superhuman marksman, psychic or characters from movies and TV and the vast majority are not murdering liars, period.

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