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Update: Napa Police officer shoots armed man after report of family dispute, department says

Pear Tree Lane shooting in Napa

Napa Police closed Pear Tree Lane on Wednesday afternoon after a reported shooting at a home in the housing development. A male patient was taken from the scene to the hospital.

Updated at 10:55 p.m. A Napa Police officer on Wednesday shot an armed man after a family dispute that drew a large police response to a townhome development in north Napa, according to the department, which said the injured man remained hospitalized Wednesday night.

The disturbance was reported to Napa's dispatch center before 1:40 p.m. and drew several police vehicles to a home in the 1600 block of Pear Tree Lane. A caller told dispatchers that a neighbor’s 26-year-old son was pointing a gun at his father in front of the home, Napa Police said in a news release.

As officers headed to Pear Tree Lane, the man’s father also called police. Dispatchers were told the man was armed with a loaded firearm, and officers heard gunshots as they approached the home, according to police.

Arriving at the home, officers saw the man holding a weapon and “acting in an imminent threatening manner,” after which one officer fired his service weapon and struck the man, according to the Napa Police statement.

Officers provided emergency treatment to the injured man until the arrival of emergency medical workers, who took him to a hospital for treatment, Napa Police reported. The man’s condition was unavailable as of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, as were his and his father’s identities.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave, in line with department policy after such incidents. Members of the Napa County Major Crimes Task Force secured the scene, and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office will lead the investigation, according to Napa Police.

“I would like to thank the neighbors for their willingness to report this incident along with their cooperation and patience,” Police Chief Jennifer Gonzales said in the statement. “We are also thankful for the emergency medical personnel and hospital staff who promptly treated the man.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet been interviewed by the Major Crimes Task Force is asked to contact the Napa sheriff’s Investigations Unit at 707-253-4509.

Pear Tree Lane, which branches off Soscol Avenue to serve a cluster of townhouses south of Trancas Street, was closed shortly after the shooting, and a Nixle alert issued by police shortly after 2 p.m. advised people to avoid the area and take alternate routes while officers remained at the scene. Officers later strung yellow caution tape across a section of the residential street farther west from Soscol.

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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