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Apparent Police Shooting In North Richmond Under Investigation

NORTH RICHMOND (CBS SF) – A man reportedly carrying a replica firearm was fatally shot during a confrontation with San Pablo police officers in North Richmond Wednesday afternoon.

The incident was reported after 3 p.m. near the intersection of Market Avenue and Fred Jackson Way in the community of North Richmond.

A view of the scene from Chopper 5 showed a San Pablo police vehicle pulled up behind a red pickup truck.

According to the Bay Area News Group, officers pulled over the truck on reports that the man was spotted with a gun outside a business in neighboring San Pablo.

North Richmond police activity
Chopper 5 over police activity in North Richmond on December 15, 2021. (CBS)

During a traffic stop, the newspaper reported that he held what appeared to be a gun, mimicked manipulating the slide before lifting the weapon, holding it close to his chest and turned toward the officers.

The officers reportedly opened fire. Despite life-saving measures, the man, only identified as a 45-year-old San Pablo resident was pronounced dead at the scene.

During an investigation, police told the newspaper that the gun was determined to be an "Airsoft-style replica."

The officers have since been placed on administrative leave and the case remains under investigation.

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