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The Latest: Suspect's relative says he was distraught

VALLEJO, Calif. — The Latest on officers shooting armed man outside a coffee shop (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

The step-daughter of a man who allegedly tried to kill two Vallejo police officers with an assault-style weapon Sunday says he may have been trying to commit suicide.

Breauna Bower tells KGO-TV ( 41-year-old Adam Powell is "a really good man" who was probably distraught after his 2-year-old son accidentally shot himself hours earlier in nearby Suisun.

Bower says Powell probably thought his son was dead and wanted to commit suicide. The boy is in a hospital in critical condition.

Police say Powell was wearing body armour and also carrying a loaded handgun. After his ambush on the officers at a Vallejo Starbucks, he fled on foot, and police chased him, shooting him three times.


11 a.m.

A Northern California police chief says a gunman who confronted two officers at a Starbucks targeted the pair minutes after casing the coffee shop.

Vallejo Police Chief Andrew Bidou said at a press conference Monday that the officers were on a coffee break Sunday when the suspect appeared in the doorway of the shop and "attempted to assassinate" them.

Police say the suspect was wearing body armour and tried to shoot the assault-style weapon, but it malfunctioned. The suspect fled on foot, and police chased him, shooting him three times.

Bidou said the 41-year-old suspect is the father of a 2-year-old boy who may have accidentally shot himself earlier Sunday in nearby Suisun City.


10:30 a.m.

Police in Northern California say officers shot a man who pointed an assault-style weapon at them inside a Starbucks coffee shop.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) that Vallejo police say a man opened the Starbucks door on Sunday night and pointed what appeared to be an assault rifle to two officers. Police say the gun seems to have malfunctioned.

A press release from the Vallejo Police Department says the officers chased the man as he continued to manipulate his gun. According to the release, officers shot the man three times and he was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say the suspect was also wearing body armour and carrying a loaded handgun.