Suspect killed in deputy-involved shooting in San Leandro ID’d


Authorities identified the suspect who was killed in Wednesday’s deputy-involved shooting in San Leandro. 

Investigators say the man is 41-year-old Charles Bowler, a resident of San Leandro.

“He has an extensive arrest history in Alameda County and other counties,” according to Sergeant Ray Kelly. “He has 11 felony convictions, eight of which are in Alameda County, three of which are in other counties.”

Investigators say three deputies opened fire on Bowler after he allegedly tried to escape the scene of a shopping theft in the parking lot of Thrift Town. 

Bowler got into a dark-colored SUV with a woman and dog already inside the vehicle.

Deputies instructed for them to exit the vehicle, but Bowler started the car and put it in reverse before slamming on the gas, authorities say.

“With a car door open, it drags one of the deputies about 30-feet,” Kelly said. “At that point, shots get fired and the suspect is hit along with his female passenger, but not the dog that’s also inside the car.” 

The deputies involved received medical treatment for minor injuries. They were later released from a local hospital.

The female passenger remains hospitalized and is in stable condition. 

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