HAYWARD -- Police shot and killed a suspected car thief in a South Hayward residential neighborhood Friday morning.

Police did not release the name, age and hometown of the man who was killed and declined to say how many shots were fired.

At 11:12 a.m., officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle -- a dark-colored four-door Honda -- parked near Briergate Way and Vanderbilt Street, said Hayward police Capt. Darryl McAllister. An officer ran the car's license plate and discovered it was stolen from Hayward.

The officer approached the driver and asked him to raise his hands. Police said the man refused to do so and reached for what officers said was a weapon. Officers fired at the man. Police declined to say what type of weapon the man had, but said they are in the process of getting a search warrant to further search the car.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

The shooting happened near Treeview Elementary School, and the school was placed briefly on lockdown, said Hayward police Sgt. Scott Ormsby.

A portion of Vanderbilt was blocked off to traffic, and yellow crime-scene tape surrounded most of the street, including nearby Fairway Greens Park, where children were still playing on swings.

Police are seeking a possible witness who may have left the scene before officers arrived, Ormsby said. The officer who shot the man was placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. He was not injured.

Michael Groves, who lives on Vanderbilt, said he frequently sees what he calls "seedy characters" in the neighborhood, especially close to a nearby park.


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"I see people dealing dope there in the playground all the time," said Groves, 63. "It's ridiculous. There are kids there. We know (the police) are busy, but maybe somebody will pay more attention to this area now."

The shooting brought residents out of their homes. They stood behind the yellow crime scene tape, watching detectives survey the area.

It was the second officer-involved shooting in Hayward in less than two weeks.

Edgar Alvarez, a 24-year-old documented gang member from Hayward, was fatally shot by officers Sept. 24 when they said he tried to hit police with his vehicle after allegedly shooting and injuring two people inside Dirty Bird Lounge at 29308 Mission Blvd.

The shooting prompted protests in the city that night, including one that led to the arrest of nearly a dozen people.

That incident began about 12:55 a.m., when officers responded to reports of a shooting at the bar.

Callers said the suspect fled in a dark sedan, which officers later found on westbound Tennyson Road west of Mission.

When officers walked toward the car, the suspect threw the car in reverse, and it lurched toward the officers, police said. The three officers each fired at least one round at the man, who died from the gunshot wounds, police said. Officers later found a handgun in the car, police said.

Staff writer Erin Ivie contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follower her at Twitter.com/nataliealund. Contact Kristin J. Bender at kbender@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.