Man shot by Livermore police intentionally drove toward them: officials

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LIVERMORE (KRON) – Livermore police continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting Wednesday.

It happened around 3:25 a.m. in the area of Airway Boulevard and the eastbound I-580 off-ramp.

According to police, two patrol cars pulled over a suspected DUI driver in a white Corolla on EB-580.

The driver pulled off onto the Airway Boulevard exit.

When officers told the driver to get out of the car, officials said within minutes another man driving a black Kia Sol pulled up.

Officials said that second man turned into the direction of the officers and the person they were speaking with.

That’s when officers “took an immediate action to discharge their firearms,” said Livermore police public information officer Art Rosas.

The driver then attempted to make a full U-turn, but stopped in his tracks. That’s when police had him taken to the hospital while in custody for a gunshot wound to his leg.

“I can’t speak for what they were thinking or what was going on through their mind, essentially they took whatever action they felt they needed to take,” Officer Rosas said.

He added that they do not know why the man driving the Kia approached them, but upon further investigation they found him to be unarmed.

Police do not believe there is a connection between the people in the two cars.

The suspected DUI driver is cooperating as a witness to the officer-involved shooting.

The scene shut down I-580 at one point, causing a backup due to the heavy police presence.

Police say the intersection off I-580 and right before the Livermore Airport will be closed all day as they continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

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