Napa Police reported a fatal officer-involved shooting at about 5 p.m. Friday in the Alta Heights neighborhood as the department’s Special Enforcement Unit was preparing to serve a search warrant.
Police said officers contacted a 41-year-old Latino male, the subject of the warrant, “and a shooting ensued.”
“Officers located a handgun at the scene of the shooting,” police reported in a Nixle alert.
The wounded man was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Napa Police Chief Steve Potter said at 9:40 p.m. the man died from his injuries. His name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
The shooting occurred in a residential area at the intersection of Spring Street and Hill Avenue. Streets were blocked off in all four directions.
This was the second police-involved police shooting to stun the Alta Heights neighborhood in less than five years. In November, 2010, a police officer shot and killed Richard Poccia on Meek Avenue, not far from Friday evening’s incident.
Police and medical personnel converged on Spring Street following Friday’s shooting. Several neighbors reported hearing three shots.
Medical personnel were seen performing CPR on the wounded man in a front lawn, while a motorcycle lay on the pavement at the intersection.
Police said Napa County’s Major Crimes Task Force will be conducting an investigation, with the Sheriff’s Office the lead investigating agency.
Potter came to the shooting scene. He said more information about the incident would be released soon
“What we’re trying to do is get facts for the people,” Potter said.
The name of the officer who fired the shots will be released within 48 hours, police said.
Several Bay Area TV stations sent news helicopters that hovered over the residential neighborhood.
Paul Reed, who lives on Spring, said he was in his backyard playing with his dog with he heard shots from the street. There was no mistaking the sound of gunfire, he said. “I knew what it was.”
Daniel Barragan, 17, who was visiting the area, surveyed the hectic scene of converging law enforcement. “It’s crazy,” he said.
Cathy Hart, a neighborhood resident, said she could hardly believe the scene before her. “This is a great neighborhood,” she said. “This is weird.”
Police set up lights so they could work in the area after darkness fell.
District Attorney Gary Lieberstein visited the scene shortly before 5:30 p.m.
Spring at Hill was blocked to all but family members.
The officer involved in the shooting was a member of the Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit that is responsible for quality-of-life and gang investigations, police said.
Several neighbors said the motorcycle believed associated with the wounded man had been seen often in the area.
Sheriff’s deputies were seen guarding a house on the 1400 block of East Avenue, a block from the shooting.
The Poccia shooting in 2010 occurred while police were checking on the 60-year-old registered nurse who had been reported to be armed, emotionally disturbed and making threats. He was determined to be unarmed when he was shot, but officers said they thought Poccia was reaching for a weapon.
Poccia’s family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city that was settled in January, with city agreeing to pay the family $700,000.
Sheriff and district attorney investigations absolved the officer of criminal wrongdoing in the Poccia case. Police settled the lawsuit without admitting liability.