Robbery Suspects Shot, One Killed

Off-duty sherriff's deputy fires on masked criminals


Dennis Evanosky

An APD officer discusses last Thursday night's attempted robbery of Bonfare Market on High Street with a passer-by.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, a pair of masked gunmen entered the Bonfare Market, 1505 High St., with weapons drawn. The only customer in the store was an off-duty Alameda County deputy sheriff. The Alameda Police Department (APD) said that the deputy feared for his life and the lives of the two employees in the store. He drew his weapon and shot and killed one of the gunman and wounded the other, APD said. Neither suspect fired his weapon.

Witnesses told police that they heard a vehicle speeding away, but it was not clear whether that vehicle was involved in the robbery attempt.

They also did not release the deputy's name. They identified him as a 20-year veteran assigned to Oakland International Airport.

Alameda police would not confirm details regarding the identity or condition of the wounded suspect who fled the scene. According to APD, a suspect is in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

This marks the second time in eight days that robbers appeared at the market. Masked men with guns robbed the store on July 10.

During the July 10 robbery, one of the two masked robbers jumped onto the counter and demanded that the 67-year-old employee open the cash register. The robber then struck the employee in the face with a handgun. The employee suffered a cut above his left eye, police said.

As the first employee was attempting to open the register, a second employee came out from the backroom. The robbers ordered him to get on the floor, police said.

The robbers stole a bag containing cash and a wallet from one of the employees. The robbers then fled in a dark four-door vehicle driven by a third suspect. Witnesses described the vehicle as either a 1980s Oldsmobile or an early 1990s Toyota Corolla.



0 #1 Nancy J. Gill 2013-07-29 07:20
I know people say that it seems like the passage of time is slower in Alameda, but surely you meant JULY 18, rather than June?

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