UPDATED: OFF-DUTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY KILLS ROBBERY SUSPECT

UPDATED: OFF-DUTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY KILLS ROBBERY SUSPECT

Michele Ellson

UPDATED at 12:16 p.m. Friday, July 19

NEW INFORMATION:

*Police are in contact with a male subject who arrived at an undisclosed area hospital with an unexplained gunshot wound, according to a city press release.

*Police have reopened High Street between Central and Liberty avenues. The area was closed by police after the shooting.

Alameda police are investigating a botched armed robbery attempt at a High Street convenience market which ended with an off-duty sheriff's deputy killing one suspect and possibly wounding a second, who is still at large.

The deputy, who is not being named, has been placed on administrative leave while Alameda police and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office investigate the case, Alameda County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Raymond Kelly said.

Police said they received several 911 calls at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday reporting an armed robbery in progress at the Bonfare Market at 1505 High Street and others from callers who said they heard shots fired. When they arrived, police said they learned that two masked men had attempted to rob the store at gunpoint and after a confrontation, the deputy, who had been shopping at the store, shot and killed one of the suspected robbers and may have shot and injured the second, who fled. In a press release, Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen said police are in contact with a male subject who arrived at an unnamed area hospital with an unexplained gunshot wound but that no arrests have been made.

Neither the deputy nor store employees were injured, Alameda police said.

Kelly said the deputy is a decorated and well-respected 20-year veteran of the sheriff's department. He said the department encourages its deputies to carry their weapons even when they are off duty and that the gun the deputy was carrying was a departmentally-approved weapon.

Police are seeking the second suspect and gathering more information about the robbery and shooting, they wrote. They are also trying to determine whether Thursday's robbery is connected to a similar robbery that occurred on July 10, in which three people robbed the store, pistol-whipping the 74-year-old clerk.

High Street between Central and Liberty avenues was reopened at 9:45 a.m. Friday, the city's press release said.

Anyone who may have additional details about the incident can call Alameda police at 337-8320.