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Scene of a fatal shooting at Bonfare Market on High Street in Alameda, Calif. late Thursday, July 18, 2013. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA -- An off-duty Alameda County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed one of two suspects in a robbery Thursday night at a High Street market, police said.

One suspect escaped after the deputy opened fire about 10:30 p.m. inside the Bonfare Market. Later, a man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound and detectives were interviewing him.

The robbery was reported by a 911 call at 10:32 p.m. from the Bonfare Market at 1505 High St.

The off-duty deputy happened to be in the store reading a magazine when the two armed masked men entered and confronted the deputy and the two employees inside, police said.

Alameda police said the deputy, fearing for both his own safety and the safety of others in the store, opened fire.

While one robber was killed, the second fled from the business and is believed to have suffered a gunshot injury, police said. Witnesses heard a vehicle speeding away, but it was not clear whether a third individual acted as a getaway driver, Alameda police Capt. Dave Boersma said.

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

Under department policy, the deputy is on paid administrative leave for at least three days, Kelly said.

Police said the same store was also robbed on July 10 under similar circumstances and detectives are looking for links between the two incidents.


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During the earlier robbery on July 10, a 67-year-old employee suffered a cut above his left eye when one of two masked robbers hit him in the face with a handgun, police said.

The man was standing at the counter when the robbers arrived about 9:50 p.m., while another employee, 26, was in a backroom of the business.

One suspect jumped on the counter and demanded the employee open the register.

As the man was attempting to open the register, the second employee emerged from the backroom and was ordered to get down on the floor, police said.

The robber who confronted the employee at the counter then punched the man, leaving him with a cut above his eye, police said.

The robbers stole a bag containing cash and a wallet from the employee. They fled in an dark four-door vehicle, possibly a 1980s Oldsmobile or an early 1990s Toyota Corolla, which was driven by a third suspect.

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