MARTINEZ, Calif. (KRON) — An unarmed person was shot by Martinez Police Department officers outside a cannabis dispensary Friday morning, KRON4 has confirmed. Four officers discharged their firearms, according to Martinez PD.
One of the civilians who was involved in the incident was transported to the hospital and was pronounced deceased, police confirmed. The four officers who discharged their weapons have been placed on administrative leave.
The California Department of Justice is leading an investigation into the incident.
Early Friday morning, Martinez PD received a report of a video alarm at Velvet, a cannabis dispensary, at around 3:27 a.m.
Police were advised that there were multiple suspects and two vehicles at the business.
According to the owners of the cannabis shop, they received a call from the Martinez Police Department notifying them of an attempted burglary. The suspect(s) was not able to break into the business.
Officers arrived about five minutes later, and one of the vehicles, a white SUV as described by police, fled the scene. Several shots were fired and there was an assault on an officer, police said.
The second vehicle attempted to flee before crashing into a fire hydrant. The two occupants of that vehicle were transported to the hospital.
The photo below shows markers placed next to bullet casings on the ground.
Several agencies, including the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, have joined MPD in their investigation. The Contra Costa County DA’s Office was also involved in the investigation, in accordance with the protocol for shootings involving police officers.
One officer is receiving treatment in the hospital for a minor injury. The scene remains closed, and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.
This is developing news. Stick with KRON4 for updates.