HAYWARD -- A 62-year-old woman fatally shot by police Tuesday night at an apartment complex was reportedly upset about a previous contact with police and had threatened officers with a handgun, police said Wednesday.
Hayward police were called to the Summerwood Apartment Homes at 21701 Foothill Blvd. around 7:15 p.m. after Pleasanton police requested a welfare check on a woman living there, Hayward police Sgt. Eric Melendez said.
The woman had made several 911 calls to the Pleasanton police dispatch center, prompting the request, Melendez said.
Two officers made contact with the woman Tuesday night and were talking to her when police say she displayed a handgun in a threatening manner. Police then retreated to the parking lot of the complex while giving commands for the woman to drop the gun, Melendez said.
When the woman refused to drop the weapon, one officer fired four to five shots, Melendez said. That prompted the woman to stagger, fall and roll down the stairs from her second-story apartment. The officer who fired was not identified but is a young officer who has been on the force for one year, police said.
Officials did not say how many shots hit the woman or where she was struck.
Emergency personnel were called, and the woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she died from her injuries. Both police officers have been put on administrative leave.
It wasn't the first time police had come to the apartment.
On Jan. 24, undercover officers from the Pleasanton Police Department served a search warrant at the Hayward apartment and found guns, drugs and other contraband, said Pleasanton police Sgt. Ted Young. The woman was cited but later released, although her son was arrested and remains in custody. He has been charged with dealing heroin and possession of automatic weapons.
Melendez said Wednesday that the woman had previously called Pleasanton police, saying she was upset about how she had been treated in a recent contact. Asked to elaborate, Sgt. Melendez said he couldn't do so.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms Explosives Control has taken over that case.
The woman's name has not been released pending notification of next of kin. Hayward police are investigating the shooting along with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
Last August, a Hayward police officer shot and killed 37-year-old Danny Gene Simmons Jr. after his daughter called the police during a domestic disturbance. A tape of the 911 call leading up to the shooting showed Simmons' daughter told police her father had a long kitchen knife and was threatening her mother with it, although the family has maintained that he never lunged at officers with the weapon.