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Monday October 23, 2017

Lodi police officers shoot and kill armed man after traffic stop

By John Bays/News-Sentinel Staff Writer

Lodi police officers shot and killed an armed man on Monday morning following a traffic stop, according to Officer Gerald Bahr.

An officer from the Lodi Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the area on North Pleasant Avenue and West Turner Road at approximately 8:20 a.m. on Monday, when a passenger in the vehicle’s back seat allegedly began to act suspiciously. After the responding officer called for backup, the man exited the vehicle and aimed a firearm at the officers.

Officers fired shots at the man, ultimately striking him before beginning life-saving measures and calling for emergency personnel.

Despite their efforts, the 35-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene, although his identity is being withheld until his next of kin can be notified.

“We’re still investigating it, and we’ll release more information when we have it,” Bahr said.

As with all officer-involved shootings, an investigation involving members of the Lodi Police Department, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Justice and the San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office will take place.

The investigation is still ongiong, and additional information will be released when it is available.

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