Vallejo Police Shoot and Kill Domestic Violence Suspect in Safeway Parking Lot

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 04 Jul 2012 18:06:06 -0800

VALLEJO (BCN) -- Police shot and killed an armed domestic violence suspect in the  parking lot of a Vallejo Safeway store early Wednesday morning, Vallejo police  said.

      Officers were dispatched to 142 Buss Ave. at 2:55 a.m. after  police received a report that a man was hitting and possibly choking a woman  at a home there.

      While the officers were en route, police received another call  reporting that the man had driven to a Safeway supermarket at 709 Lincoln  Road West and was parked near the gas pumps there, police said.

      The caller said the man had a gun, and gave police a description  of his car.

      Police arrived and located the man, later identified as  44-year-old Marshall Tobin, in the parking lot of the Safeway.

      Tobin was inside the car, but as police approached he got out of  the vehicle and the officers saw that he had a handgun and appeared to be  distraught, police said.

      They ordered Tobin to place his hands on his head, and when he  didn't comply, they shot him with a Taser gun, police said.

      As the Taser was being deployed, Tobin allegedly reached for and  grabbed his gun, and officers fired at him with their service weapons,  according to police.

      Tobin was pronounced dead at the scene.

      A Vallejo police officer was hit by flying debris during the  incident and suffered a moderate injury, police said.

      Police Sgt. Herman Robinson said the debris was possibly a bullet  fragment and that it had struck the male officer in the lower leg. He was  treated for the wound and released.

      Robinson said the woman who was allegedly being assaulted by Tobin  appears to have been Tobin's girlfriend, and was not seriously injured. He  said it was one of her children who called police to report the assault.

      He said two male officers fired at Tobin after the Taser proved  ineffective and Tobin reached for the gun.

      Robinson said police have cleared the scene and left the Safeway  parking lot. He said the store opened at its scheduled time this morning.

      The shooting will be investigated by the Vallejo Police Department  and the Solano County District Attorney's Office. The officers involved have  been placed on paid administrative leave, as is protocol.  

      This is the second fatal officer-involved shooting in Vallejo in  the past week. On Saturday, police shot and killed 17-year-old armed robbery  suspect Jared Huey on Sheridan Street after they say he pointed a gun at  them.

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