Bad idea: Gunman points gun at six cops outside Stockton Police Communications Center

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STOCKTON, CA – On December 8, 2021, at 8:33 p.m., the Stockton Police Communications Center received a call of a suspect in the front parking lot at the Police Department’s Operations Building, 22 E. Market Street, firing a gun. He was described as a shirtless white male. A second caller, who was inside a parked vehicle in the parking lot, also called the Communications Center stating there was a man in the front of the Police Department firing a gun.

Six Stockton Police Officers responded from inside the Operations Building and exited through the front lobby doors. The suspect was located in the northwest parking lot and began walking east towards the police memorial when officers confronted him. The suspect was screaming and armed with a firearm. The officers told the suspect to get on the ground and drop the gun.

The suspect got on his stomach but refused to drop the gun. The suspect continued to scream, stood back up with the gun pointing in the officers’ direction, and began to run towards the officers. Five officers fired their service weapons, shooting the man. Officers then approached the man, secured the firearm, and began life-saving measures until medics arrived. The man was shortly later pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured during this incident.

Due to this being an Officer-Involved Shooting, we initiated a Multi-Agency Critical Incident Investigation with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, California’s Department of Justice, and San Joaquin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

This remains an active investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377. The Police Department’s Main Lobby will remain closed during this investigation. We will advise the community when we reopen the lobby.