Deputies arrest Alamo man in jewelry store shooting

The Sheriff's Department is continuing its investigation into the jewelry store shooting in Alamo last night that led to the arrest of an Alamo man, said Jimmy Lee, director of Public Affairs.

Last night, at about 7:12 p.m., a Contra Costa Sheriff's Office dispatcher was notified about an attempted robbery and shooting at the Alamo Jewelry Mart, 3189 Danville Blvd., Suite 140.

Deputies arrived on the scene and determined that the shop owner, Oscar Herrera, and suspect had exchanged gunfire and that both of them were shot multiple times, said Lee.

Herrera, 53, a Hercules resident, was outside and had suffered several gunshot wounds to his upper torso. He was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he is listed in critical condition.

The suspect, 50-year-old Thomas Bennett of Alamo, remained inside the business, keeping Sheriff's Deputies at bay.

"The suspect was holed up inside the store where he was threatening his own life. He was pointing his weapon at his head, threatening to harm himself," said Lee.

After about an hour of negotiations with deputies, Bennett surrendered and was taken to John Muir Medical Center for treatment. His condition is listed as stable.

Bennett has been booked on charges of attempted murder and robbery. His bail is set at $1.1 million.

Lee said detectives had not been able to talk to Bennett and therefore they do not know his motive.

--Bay City News Services contributed to this story.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Danville
on Dec 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Something does not sound right, an Alamo guy pulling off the robbery? I hope the owner makes it but does not sound good. This is one case where the cops should have let him kill himself. Would have saved a lot of tax payer money.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 4, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Dear Dolores,

Oscar Herrera, a retailer in our Alamo Business district, is in critical condition due to gun shot wounds and surgery. I have enjoyed Oscar's services and join my neighbors if the very best thoughts and wishes for his recovery.

Let's focus on his recovery and welcome back to our retail community.

Hal Bailey

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Posted by Stud
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm

There is WAY more to this story than is being reported in the media.

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