ALAMEDA -- Police have released the name of an armed and masked man who was shot and killed in a convenience store by an off-duty sheriff's deputy Thursday night.

The man was identified as Laroy Brown, 42, of Oakland.

Police said Brown and a second man, both wearing masks and carrying guns, came into the Bonfare Market at 1505 High St. about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, preparing to rob the market.

An off-duty Alameda County Sheriff's deputy was in the store reading a magazine.

Fearing for both his own safety and the safety of others in the store, the deputy opened fire, killing Brown.

A second man got away.

Witnesses heard a vehicle speeding away, but it was not clear whether a third individual was a getaway driver, police said.

Alameda police Lt. Ted Horlbeck declined to say Tuesday if the second man has been arrested. Police did say a person of interest, who showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound, is being held on an unrelated charge.

The deputy, a 20-year veteran of the sheriff's office and a member of its SWAT team, was not injured, Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said. The two employees who were inside the store also were not hurt.

Under department policy, the deputy was placed on three days paid administrative leave. There was a robbery at the store July 10 and police are investigating if the two are linked.


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Wire services contributed to this report. Contact Kristin J. Bender at kbender@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.