Redwood City, California. – The coroner on Wednesday identified the man fatally shot by Redwood City police as a 36-year-old San Carlos resident.
The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office identified him as Abran Gutierrez.
County District Attorney Steve Wagstaff said Gutierrez had no prior contact with law enforcement because he was an adult.
Investigators said an argument between the suspect and the mother of one of his children prompted the witness to call 911.
A series of incidents that culminated in Tuesday’s police shooting triggered a call for help
“I heard all the commotion before the shots,” said witness Breanna Hume.
She and her boyfriend, David Thomas, had a bird’s-eye view of the events and violence from their nearby apartment balcony.
“I saw a group of police officers or a tactical unit come across El Camino and gather in the car,” Thomas said.
Wagstaff said a witness saw a heated argument between Gutierrez and the unidentified woman inside and outside a Prius — with three children nearby.
“It was an argument; he and the mother of his child were fighting. That’s why the police were called,” Wagstaff said.
Three minutes later, a group of Redwood City police officers arrived and attempted to negotiate with Gutierrez. Police said the man was carrying a gun and threatened to shoot the woman and her children.
“I heard a pop. And then a second personal pop. They were different from the police officers, pop, pop, pop,” Hume said.
“We were definitely worried. I think my girlfriend would have preferred to stay in,” added Thomas.
At least five police officers opened fire, hitting Gutierrez multiple times. Gutierrez was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, but was pronounced dead. Wagstaff declined to say what prompted the officers to shoot.
“I’m not going to get into that until we interview the shooting officers. We interviewed about half a dozen witness officers,” he said.
Wagstaff said the district attorney’s office will use the coroner’s report, witness interviews and interviews with the officers involved in the shooting to determine whether it was the use of deadly force.
For neighbors living near the scene of the shooting, it’s an unsettling realization that the next gun violence in America could happen right outside anyone’s door.
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“I’ve never seen gun violence happen live. So for the first time, it’s scary,” Hume said.
According to Wagstaff, the investigation into the shooting will take about two and a half months to complete. Five officers will remain on paid administrative leave pending completion.
Jesse Gary is a reporter in the station’s South Bay bureau. Follow him on Twitter @JesseKTVU and Instagram @jessegontv