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
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
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
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
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)