Nearly a week after a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who was violently beating his girlfriend and smashing her head against a car in San Leandro, the woman is out of the hospital and recovering, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
The officer who was trying to rescue the woman shot and killed Andre Milton, 36, last Thursday afternoon near the intersection of 168th Avenue and East 14th Street in unincorporated Ashland. The woman's name has not been released.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said a disagreement over the use of their shared car and relationship problems led to the fight that afternoon. But it wasn't their first fight.
"They have a history of getting into it," Milton's sister, Teresa Whitting, said Wednesday. "This one time I guess he snapped and started (beating her) in the broad daylight. I've never known him to beat up on her like that."
Alameda County court records show Milton had an extensive criminal record in the Alameda County courts dating back to 2001, including convictions for methamphetamine possession and possession of drugs for sale. He has also had arrests for weapon possession and domestic violence, authorities said.
Whitting said the two lived together in the unincorporated area between San Leandro and Hayward. They were not married and had no children together. They had been a couple for at least six years, Whitting said.
Authorities have not released the woman's name, but Whitting said she spoke to the victim, and she is "doing fine."
"Everything is healing pretty well," Whitting said. "It's depressing and sad to her. She said she never thought it would end like that. She said she didn't know he was going to lose his life."
The deputy, a 15-year veteran, was not seriously injured and remains on paid administrative leave, a standard practice in officer-involved shootings, while the investigation continues. His name has not been released.
The attack was reported about 4:40 p.m. last Thursday by multiple 911 callers who said a man was violently beating a woman on the street, smashing her head on the side of a car and dragging her up and down the sidewalk as he attacked her.
The motorcycle deputy was the first to arrive on the scene; when he saw the bloody beating, he dropped his bike in the street and went to the woman's aid, Kelly said. The deputy attempted to pull Milton off the woman, but Milton began violently struggling with the deputy.
Milton then got in his car and tried to drive away but crashed into another car driven by a pregnant woman then drove toward the deputy, who shot and killed him.
Staff writer Malaika Fraley contributed to this report. Follow Kristin J. Bender at Twitter.com/kjbender.