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4 dead in weekend Bay Area police shootings

  • Police investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting near an intersection, Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Hayward, Calif. A suspect tried to run down a Hayward police officer during a traffic stop early Sunday, police said. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Aric Crabb)

SAN FRANCISCO — Two people in Union City and nearby Hayward have become the latest to die in a string of separate officer-involved shootings over the weekend, Bay Area police said.

The deaths were the third and fourth fatal shootings in the Bay Area involving police and suspects in a little more than 24 hours. On Saturday night, a motorist died after pulling a gun on officers during a traffic stop, Union City police said. Another suspect tried to run down a Hayward police officer during a traffic stop early Sunday, police there said.

In the Union City shooting, the driver was shot after he was pulled over by police, tried to flee and then pointed a handgun at officers, said police Cmdr. Ben Horner. The suspect, who was not named, died after being taken to a hospital. A loaded handgun was recovered at the scene, police said.

In the Hayward shooting, Arthur Pakman was pulled over for speeding and reckless driving early Sunday when he tried to run over the officer who stopped him, Hayward police Sgt. Eric Krimm said. The officer opened fire and struck a passenger in the car, Krimm said.

The passenger was also injured in a crash later, police said. The unidentified passenger later died, though it was not immediately clear whether he died from gunshot wounds, the collision or injuries from both, Krimm said.


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