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Reported by KTVU

VALLEJO, Calif. —

One man was killed and another injured in an officer-involved shooting in Vallejo early Sunday morning, police said.

Two officers were on patrol in the 100 block of Pepper Drive — an area known for recent gang-related activity — at about 4:30 a.m., according to Vallejo police.

Two men were spotted sitting inside a vehicle, police said. The officers turned on their patrol car spotlights to illuminate the suspects’ vehicle.

The driver got out and the officers reported seeing the butt of a handgun in his waistband, police said.

The man — partially obscured by the open door of his car — reached for the gun and began to turn toward the officers, police said.

Believing he was going to shoot, the officers fired their weapons at the suspect, who remained crouched behind the car door.

The man did not comply with officers’ demands to show his hands, and instead reached into the vehicle toward the center console, police said.

The officers fired 30 rounds and the driver slumped over.

The driver, 23-year-old Mario Ramiro, was taken to the Kaiser Permanente’s Vallejo campus where he later died.

The passenger, 21-year-old Joseph Johnson, was struck by a bullet or shrapnel in the buttocks and transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he underwent surgery from being shot five times.

A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded an airsoft pellet gun, which police spotted in the driver’s waistband, and more than 50 ecstasy pills.

An investigation into the incident was under way by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and the Vallejo Police Department.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Ramiro’s sister Cynquita Martin said she watched the shooting from inside a house and neither man posed a threat.

“When I went to the window I saw him reclip his gun, hop on the hood and just start firing,” Martin said. “His arms was out the window. My brother is slumped in the car already.”

Ramiro’s mother Cynthia also said the police didn’t have to use deadly force.

“The Vallejo Police Department has killed my son, an innocent person sitting in the car and then they’re trying to make it like it’s a shootout,” she said. “It wasn’t a shootout. The only shootout was them shooting him.”

Police said both men were on parole for felony weapons violations.



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