ASHLAND -- A man shot and killed Thursday by an Alameda County sheriff's deputy has been identified as 36-year-old Andre Milton.
The Sheriff's Office said Milton was violently beating his girlfriend and smashing her head against a car, then attacked a sheriff's deputy who tried to rescue her Thursday afternoon near the intersection of 168th Avenue and East 14th Street in Ashland.
Investigators have not named the deputy, a 15-year veteran, who fired multiple shots at Milton, but said he was trying to intervene in a dangerous situation. The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard practice in office-involved shootings.
Milton lived nearby in the unincorporated area between San Leandro and Hayward and had a history of criminal convictions for violence, weapons and drugs charges, and there was a warrant for his arrest for possession of a weapon by a drug offender, according to Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson. Milton was recently paroled from prison.
About 4:40 p.m. Thursday, multiple 911 callers had reported a bloody scene of a man beating a woman on the street, smashing her head on the side of a car and dragging her up and down the sidewalk as he attacked her. The motorcycle deputy was the first to arrive on the scene.
Milton then sought to drive away but crashed into another car driven by a pregnant woman, then drove toward the deputy, who shot and killed him, Nelson said.
The woman that witnesses saw being assaulted was hospitalized but her condition is unknown.