LAFAYETTE -- The typical morning stillness on a leafy cul-de-sac was shattered by gunshots Tuesday when police fired at a knife-wielding man who allegedly refused to drop his weapon in this affluent town's first officer-involved shooting in recent memory.
The suspect, a 28-year-old man, was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with at least one gunshot wound and was out of surgery by 5 p.m., authorities said. Neither his name nor his condition were released.
Officers responded to a 7:04 a.m. hang-up call to 911 that came from the home at 3425 Woodview Drive, Lafayette police Chief Eric Christensen said. When two officers arrived, a suspect armed with a knife approached them in the driveway, Christensen said.
Police ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he did not comply, and moments later, shots were fired, Christensen said. Police did not say where in the body the suspect was wounded.
Police said the man was a resident of the home. Neighbors said a couple lived in the home with two or three adult children and at least one live-in boyfriend. The couple were believed to be on vacation in Mexico at the time of the shooting, neighbors said.
The two-story wood-shingled home is surrounded by serene hills on a kid-friendly cul-de-sac, which is home to lawyers, doctors, financial advisers and retirees living in $1 million custom houses.
"It's hidden away," said neighbor Joe Farnan, who said he heard three gunshots and then screaming. "(The shooting) was a real surprise to me, and it did shake me up a bit."
Neighbors said the family living at 3425 Woodview Drive have lived there for decades and were friendlier than most neighbors.
"Problems? None from my perspective," said one neighbor, who did not want to give her name. "I've never heard anything bad about that family."
Multiple windows on the second level of the home were broken, and shattered glass and a broken office chair could be seen on the front porch of the home. One of three men who returned to the home around 3:30 p.m. said police took several items from inside, but he declined to comment further.
"We're trying to figure this out," said the man, who identified himself only as Rob.
The shooting is being investigated by police with assistance from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is monitoring the investigation. Lafayette officials said there have been no officer-involved shootings in the past year and none in recent memory.
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