Police chief says armed suspect targeted police

Police chief says armed suspect targeted police

A man was shot was shot three times by Vallejo police last night after he allegedly entered a local Starbucks and pointed an assault-style weapon at officers.

Vallejo Police Chief Andrew Bidou said at a press conference Monday the officers were on a coffee break Sunday at Starbucks when the suspect appeared in the doorway of the shop and "attempted to assassinate" them. Police said the man was carrying another loaded handgun and wearing body armor.

A gunman wearing body armor targeted two California police officers who were taking a break at a coffee shop in an ambush that failed when his gun malfunctioned, authorities said Monday.

That's when the officers opened fire, hitting the man three time before he collapsed near a grassy embankment along the sidewalk.

The attacker, identified by police as Adam Powell, 41, remained hospitalized Tuesday and is expected to survive, police Lt. Jeff Bassett said.

Bidou said Powell is the father of a 2-year-old boy shot inside a home in Suisun City on Sunday who is now in a critical condition at a regional trauma center. Police said they're still investigating the shooting, but initial reports indicate that it was an accident.

The alleged assassination attempt comes at a time of heightened tensions between civilians and police - after a turbulent summer and early autumn that spurred widespread and, at times, violent Black Lives Matter protests and the shooting deaths of officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge and, just last week, in Palm Springs, Calif.

The officers were not injured. The man continued to fiddle with his malfunctioning weapon while he ran, police said.

"I think that we would all agree that somebody going into our community equipped with an assault weapon, a secondary weapon and wearing body armor is an extreme danger to everybody, so I am so very grateful that our officers took the actions that they did, put themselves in harm's way on behalf of our community", Bidou added, the Times reported.

Police want to question Powell about the boy's shooting and about the confrontation with police in Vallejo. Both Powell and his 2-year-old son are in critical condition, leaving their loved ones to hope for the best.

Police said they did not know if Powell, who had a felony record of robbery and drug offenses, had expressed any anger toward police. "I don't know what would've went through this mind, but he's a really good man", Bower told KGO-TV. And just wanted to commit suicide in a certain way. "Who knows, who knows", Bower said. "He saw his son the way he did".

The two officers involved were not injured.

Tuesday, a memorial service will honor the two Palm Springs officers killed just over a week ago in Southern California.