Livermore police kill suspect at burning house

Livermore police kill suspect at burning house

LIVERMORE — A standoff at a Livermore residence ended when police shot and killed a person Wednesday night.

Authorities did not immediately identify or give the age of the person, who was a male. He drew a response from police around 8:50 p.m. when residents in the area of the 1300 block of Via Deste reported that he was acting in a bizarre way and threatening people to fight, Livermore police spokesman Lt. John Hurd said.

The person refused to listen to officers when they arrived, and then went back into a residence. He also armed himself with a gun, Hurd said.

Police called in a crisis negotiator to calm the person and the two communicated for “a considerable time,” Hurd said, until a fire began burning in the residence around 10:50 p.m. Nobody else was inside the residence when the blaze began, Hurd said.

That’s when the person re-emerged from the residence, holding a shotgun, according to police.

More than one officer fired and at least one shot hit him, Hurd said. Officers performed emergency first aid, but he died at the scene.

Crews extinguished the blaze before it could spread and nobody else was injured.

Police did not name the officers who fired.

Livermore police were investigating the shooting, along with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

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Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789.