San Pablo police fatally shoot teen after carjacking

November 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A police pursuit of a stolen vehicle in the East Bay ended with a car crash and a shooting. San Pablo police opened fire on one of the suspected carjackers, killing him. It turned out he was 16 and unarmed.

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The boy who was shot and killed is being identified as 16-year-old Leonard Bradley. Police now have three suspects in custody, all of them juveniles.

It all ended after the suspects slammed into a parked Ford Ranger. It started in the 1900 block of Dover at 23rd street. Police say the suspects robbed and carjacked a couple in front of their home then fired several shots at them before speeding away. They were not hit.

A short time later, they were spotted in San Pablo and police chased them into Richmond where they crashed into a parked vehicle on Wilart Avenue. Police say the suspects fled the scene.

"The officers felt threatened and believe that he had a gun, being that there were shots fired at the initial carjacking scene" said Sgt. Bisa French with the Richmond police. "There was also a gun located in the vehicle from which he fled."

16-year-old Leonard Bradley ran up a hill and stopped in a field at the Vista Continuation High School. The two San Pablo police officers say Bradley refused to obey their commands and began reaching for his waistband. They say that is why they shot and killed him.

There were no other witnesses to the shooting.

Investigators say the two juveniles arrested Sunday were involved in the carjacking and chase. They say the other juvenile is a witness and a friend.

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