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Police identify officer who shot man outside San Pablo residence during mental health call

Police identify officer who shot man outside San Pablo residence during mental health call

SAN PABLO — Police on Wednesday released the name of an officer who shot and critically injured a 44-year-old man last week.

Capt. Brian Bubar said four-year veteran Manuel Agredano remains on paid administrative leave, per department policy, following the shooting on Sept. 8. The gunfire wounded Andre Smith, who remained in critical but stable condition with life-threatening injuries at a hospital Wednesday, Bubar said.

The shooting happened outside a residence in the 2600 block of Dover Avenue, according to a police statement. Police said Smith wasn’t slowed by Tasers, bean bags or foam bullets; that he threw pieces of brick at officers; and that he charged at officers with a 3-foot pole while using a folding chair as a shield.

In the statement, police said Agredano fired after Smith swung the pole at another officer, who ducked to avoid being hit. Police said Agredano’s shot hit Smith in the upper right leg.

Police also said that as officers were on way to the scene, a dispatcher in the background overheard Smith say he would “kill police officers and make them kill him.”

Officers first were called to the residence about 1:40 p.m. to assist with a mental health evaluation. According to police, Smith’s wife told a 911 dispatcher that he was showing signs of schizophrenia.

Smith locked himself inside a room in the residence when officers arrived and refused to speak with them, police said. The residence wasn’t his home, police said, and they added he wasn’t acting violent. So police said they left the scene, and Smith’s wife agreed to call them if he exited the room and needed help.

Police said Smith’s wife called 911 again about 2:50 p.m., saying Smith was outside the residence harassing her, and asking officers to return to the scene. That’s when the dispatcher heard Smith’s threat, police said.

Smith was in the front yard when officers arrived, police said. According to police, he tried to hide in the side yard, threw pieces of brick at the officers and refused their orders.

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Bubar said officers then fired five Taser shots, six bean-bag rounds and two 40 mm rubber foam bullets at Smith. Police said Smith wasn’t slowed by them, grabbed a folding chair, used it as a shield, and charged at officers with the pole.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is leading the investigation into the incident. Bubar said he expects Agredano to return next week.