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A Vallejo police officer shot a trespasser who threatened the officer’s safety by advancing with a brandished knife, police said. On January 6th, 2019 at around 8:30 a.m. (Could be p.m., conflicting time in news reports), officers responded to a trespassing call in the 400 block of Nebraska St. Officers Hollis and Hendrix speak to the 911 caller on-scene. They search the property and find a hole in the side of the storage shed but find no sign of the trespasser. They continue to search the property and spot the suspect now identified as 49-year-old Edward Gonzales emerging from behind a portable building. As officers located Gonzales and tried to detain him, he produced a knife. The officers ordered Gonzales multiple times to put down the weapon, but the suspect didn’t comply.
He fled the property shortly after. Officers engaged in a pursuit, up until Gonzales met a dead end at a locked gateway. At that point Gonzales turned and advanced toward officer Hendrix with the knife held in a threatening position. Officer Hendrix shot his firearm at Gonzales, fearing for immediate safety. Several other officers arrive on-scene and use bolt cutters to provide access to paramedics. In the meantime, officers provide medical aid. Gonzales was transported to North Bay Hospital where he was treated and survived. Gonzales is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, brandishing a deadly weapon to resist or prevent arrest, resisting arrest, and trespassing.
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