An 18-year-old man was shot and killed by a police officer in Dublin on Sunday evening after allegedly attacking an officer with a baseball bat, a police lieutenant said.
Dublin police were responding to a domestic disturbance call on May 4 around 6:17 p.m. in the 7000 block of Dublin Meadows Street when they were met at the front door by a man holding a metal baseball bat, Dublin Police Lt. Herb Walters said.
Police later identified the man as Oscar Herrera, 18, according to Walters.
One officer drew his firearm and Herrera hit the officer with the metal bat on his right hand, which was holding the firearm, according to Walters. Police allege that Herrera then raised the baseball bat over his head in a motion that directed the bat at the officer's head.
The officer felt his life was in danger and fired four rounds at Herrera, Walters said. Medical personnel responded to the scene, but Herrera succumbed to his injuries.
Dublin police conducted interviews throughout Sunday night and learned that a family member called a friend to call the police because Herrera was being physical with his mother, Walters said. The friend reported to police that Herrera had pushed her and was possibly confrontational due to going through a detox.
According to police, the witness interviews were consistent with Herrera attacking the officer with a baseball bat.
Dublin police also learned that on Saturday, Livermore police were called to an incident where Herrera allegedly was using methamphetamine, attacked a friend and threatened to eat him. When Livermore police arrived, Herrera was covered in blood and began fighting with the officers, according to Walters.
Police in Livermore had to use their Taser to gain control of Herrera, according to Walters. He was then transported to a local hospital for treatment. Herrera called his mother on Sunday morning to pick him up at the hospital because he decided to leave against the medical advice of the doctor treating him, according to police.
Herrera had a criminal history for assaults, possession of weapons and drugs, and resisting arrest, according to Walters.