CASTRO VALLEY -- A masked gunman shot and killed by an Alameda County sheriff's deputy after he attempted to rob the Boulevard Burger restaurant last week has been identified as Quincy Williams of Oakland, officials said.
Williams, 32, was wanted for violating his parole at the time of the fatal shooting, and was gunned down late Friday night inside the business at 3714 Castro Valley Blvd. after a struggle with employees, Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.
The incident at the restaurant unfolded about 10 p.m., while deputies were nearby conducting a traffic stop, unaware of chaotic scene developing inside the business. They were alerted when a female employee ran out and frantically told them the business was being robbed, Nelson said.
Dressed all in black with his face covered and carrying a .357 revolver, Williams had entered the restaurant just minutes after it closed for the night. He reportedly held a female employee at gunpoint and demanded cash.
At the same time, two male employees were outside putting away patio furniture for the night, Nelson said.
They were unaware the business was being robbed so the employees re-entered the restaurant and were confronted by Williams, who ordered them to open a safe. But the employees could not because, Nelson said, they did not have access to the safe.
At one point, one of the male staffers grabbed the gun and the other man begin punching Williams, Nelson said. At that point, the female employee ran outside for help and alerted the deputies.
Deputies rushed into the restaurant, and found that Williams had recovered the gun and was still struggling with the employees. They ordered the parolee to drop the revolver, but Williams refused to comply and one of the deputies fired his gun, striking Williams multiple times, Nelson said. He died at the scene.
No one else was shot, but one employee suffered a gunpowder burn from being close to the weapon when it fired and was sent to a hospital for treatment of the burn and for hearing problems.
The fatal shooting closed the business, but it reopened Tuesday, a restaurant spokeswoman said.
Williams was wanted for violating his parole, and had previously been convicted of robbery, drug and theft charges. He had been arrested numerous times on other related offenses, Nelson said.
The fatal officer-involved shooting is the third such incident this year for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.
On March 30, deputies shot and killed Broderick Huggins, 32, of Modesto in the Fruitvale district of Oakland after a vehicle stop turned violent. Authorities said Huggins was in Oakland with another Modesto man to buy marijuana.
During the traffic stop, Huggins refused to get out of the vehicle and drove off, dragging a deputy, who had been trying to undo Huggins' seat belt, authorities said. That deputy and another outside the car opened fire. Huggins was hit by the gunfire and later died.
Just eight days earlier, on March 22, deputies shot Terrence Barry, 49, of Castro Valley after he pointed a replica rifle at an Alameda County sheriff's sergeant outside his home at the corner of Seven Hills and Lake Chabot roads. He died two days later at Eden Medical Center where he had been hospitalized.
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