HAYWARD -- A suspected car thief shot and killed by police in a residential area last week has been identified as a Hayward man, according to the Alameda County Coroner's office.
Mohammed Shah, 21, died following the Friday afternoon incident which took place by a park near the intersection of Briergate Way and Vanderbilt Street, a coroner's spokesman said Tuesday.
At 11:12 a.m. Friday, officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle -- a dark-colored four-door Honda -- parked along Vanderbilt Street, Hayward police Capt. Darryl McAllister said. An officer checked the car's license plate and discovered it was stolen from Hayward.
The officer approached Shah and asked him to raise his hands. Police said he refused and reached for what officers said was a weapon. Officers fired at the man. Police declined to say what type of weapon the man had, but said they are in the process of getting a search warrant to further search the car.
Police have declined to say how many shots were fired.
Shah was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
The shooting happened near Treeview Elementary School and police are seeking a possible witness who may have left the scene before officers arrived. The officer who shot the man remains on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. He was not injured.
It was the second officer-involved shooting in Hayward in less than two weeks.
Edgar Alvarez, a 24-year-old documented gang member from Hayward, was fatally shot by officers Sept. 24 when they said he tried to hit police with his vehicle after allegedly shooting and injuring two people inside Dirty Bird Lounge at 29308 Mission Blvd.
The shooting prompted protests in the city that night, including one that led to the arrest of nearly a dozen people.
That incident began about 12:55 a.m., when officers responded to reports of a shooting at the bar.
Callers said the suspect fled in a dark sedan, which officers later found on westbound Tennyson Road west of Mission Boulevard.
When officers walked toward the car, the suspect threw the car in reverse, and it lurched toward the officers, police said. The three officers each fired at least one round at the man, who died from the gunshot wounds, police said. Officers later found a handgun in the car, police said.
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