Tri-Valley teen shot, killed in baseball bat attack on police

Officers were responding to domestic dispute in Dublin

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.


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Posted by Mr San Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2014 at 7:59 am

Excellent result to a stupid decision on the result of the 18 year old. Saves us from dealing with him later in life.

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Posted by 41 Shots
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2014 at 8:13 am

The worst sin of American conservatism is that it has legitimized the awful mean streak that used to be shameful -- an adolescent life stage we were supposed to grow out-of, and did.

This young man's problems were not a capital offense. He was shot at least three times too many -- and probably four.

Mr. SR: there, but for grace, goes you.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2014 at 9:21 am

I suppose you would prefer the the police officer get beaten and crippled by the youth with the baseball bat? I am sorry the boy is dead but I would be much more upset if the officer didn't protect himself and ended up disabled for life or dead after being beaten with a bat.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I'm on the right side of the aisle (and a member of the NRA) but what the police did was unconscionable. What happened to BACK UP. Why was he close enough with a gun drawn to a man with a bat. Why have the gun drawn at all to escalate the problem. They should have used diplomacy backed up and waited him out. If he had a rifle they would have waited hours/days. It's the same thing when police put 30 bullets into a car because the officer's "life was in danger." Don't stand in front of a car when someone is trying to get away. We outlawed high speed chases in many communities for that same reason. If you have time to get in a shooting stance and fire you have enough time to move to the side. Armed robbery and murder suspects may be an exception.

These things keep happening. Police have a God Complex. Giving an "order" to a mentally ill person won't make him respond the way you want him to. Sane people would never be in the situation to begin with and would respond properly to the order. Almost by definition the person who doesn't respond to the police have issues. It was a plain and simple execution.

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm

1, or 2, shots did seem necessary.

4 bullets fired seems very excessive!
I'd like to hear why the police officer fired so many shots and where on the body he aimed.
(And why do the police never seem to aim for the legs with at least some of their shots (in cases where it isn't gun-to-gun)?

Although I support the police in general, this sounds like a cop that I'd rather see let go.

Question (for better reporting): How many shots hit and where?

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Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Lots of Monday morning quarterbacking going on. Please share with us your extensive training and experience? How many times you've fired a gun and hit the target the first time while under attack?

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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Blackhawk
on May 7, 2014 at 7:05 am

I have to say the police were completely justified in their response to a man answering the door holding a metal bat on a domestic disturbance call. Maybe some of you don't remember the boy who got a brain injury from a ball that hit him that had been hit by a metal bat and the batter obviously wasn't trying to hurt the pitcher. The fact that the man actually hit the officer with the bat because he drew his weapon just shows the police were correct in their actions as this man had no respect for the law or injuring or killing another person.

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on May 7, 2014 at 7:20 am

It is never smart or good decision to try and hit a poice officer with anything, bat, your fist, an object, etc. This young man made the wrong decision and lost his life and the officer will have to live with his the rest of his. You can blame the officer all you want but when you need police protection or assistance, you don't hesitate to call them. What is excessive force is a difficult judgement call in the real world.

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Posted by P-town27
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

Should have tasered him. Pepper sprayed him. But 4 shots at point blank range? Just seems a bit extreme. If someone has a bat over their head back out of range pull your taser and the confrontation ends with a sick kid in the mental hospital not the morgue. Sad for all involved.

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