Police have released the identity of the suspect killed in the officer-involved shooting on Thursday night in Fremont.
The man, identified as 30-year-old Michael Allen Felch from Fremont, allegedly fired shots at a marked patrol car that an officer was in at the time. Police say the officer was heading back to the department.
The incident happened around 10:49 a.m. on Civic Center Drive near the intersection of Washington West and Washington Hospital ER driveways.
The officer then made a U-turn heading toward the gunfire after he realized shots were being fired at him. Two other officers that were in the area responded to the radio call of shots fired.
The two officers who arrived could see Felch laying on the ground and waving his arms. They also could see his gun on the ground next to him.
Authorities say they ordered him to raise his arms and not reach for the gun, which he ignored. Felch then crawled toward the gun, picked it up and pointed it at the officers.
Officers then shot at him which caused him to fall to the ground. Yet, officials say he continued to move and ignored the officer’s commands.
Other officers arrived, including a canine unit. The canine assisted in securing Felch.
He was taken into custody and medical aid was provided, however, Felch was then pronounced dead at the scene.
A handgun was recovered under Felch’s torso, police say.
No officers were injured during the incident.
The officers involved have been identified as Ryan Lobue, who has 11 years of service with the department, James Taylor, who has 10 years, and the K9 officer Jennifer Allsup, who has 7 years.
As the investigation continues, if you have information on this incident, you are asked to call the Fremont Police Department’s Investigative Unit at (510) 790-6900.
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