Update: Witness to Shooting Saw Officer `Taking Aim' at Something Behind a Truck

The shooting took place at 9:30 a.m. in the 7500 block of Frederiksen Lane.

6:55 p.m. Update: Dublin police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Ryan Cox. According to a statement issued by police, Cox had been punching holes in the walls of his home when his father called police for help and that Cox met police carrying a 10 inch knife.

2:37 p.m. Update: None of Dublin's schools were locked down during or after Friday's shooting incident, according to Shelley Fischer, secretary to Superintendent Steve Hanke.

Fischer wrote, via email:

"Dr. Hanke did make a message to go out to all families. There was a malfunction with the first attempt, so we immediately cancelled the message and resent it.  It was broadcasted without issue."

The following is the automated message sent out to parents from Steve Hanke, Superintendent of Dublin Schools:

"Hello, this is Steve Hanke, Superintendent of Dublin Schools.

I am calling with a message regarding an incident that occurred in our community this morning. 

I received word from the Dublin Police Department that there was an officer involved shooting in the vicinity of Frederiksen Elementary School. 

The suspect is in custody and no officers were injured in the incident. 

There is no danger to students at any of our schools and there is no lockdown in place. 

If you have any questions regarding the incident or our school response, please contact the principal at your child’s school or my office. 

The District Office phone number to call is 925-828-2551 EXT 8002. 

Thank you."

1:20 p.m. Update: A neighbor of the man shot by a Dublin Police officer told Patch he heard loud arguing and looked down the street, where he saw the officer "taking aim" at something behind a truck.

Watch video of the neighbor describing what he saw Friday morning

"I couldn't see what he was aiming at," said Albert Ybarra, a resident of the 7500 block of Frederiksen Lane, where on Friday morning police shot and wounded a 28-year-old man they said was wielding a large "Rambo-style" knife. "It was something on the other side of (the suspect's father's) truck."

He then heard three shots. The suspect's father was behind the truck during the shooting.

11:45 a.m. Update: Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said the suspect charged at the officer with a 12-inch, Rambo-style knife.

Get further details in this video where Nelson discusses Friday's officer-involved shooting.

Ybarra said this is not the first time the suspect, who was identified by Bay Area media outlets as Ryan Cox, has been in the street with a knife. Ybarra said he called police on another occasion for that reason.

From Bay City News:

A Dublin police officer shot a suspect Friday morning around 9:30 a.m. on a residential street in the 7500 block of Frederiksen Lane, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man, was apparently alive and talking after the shooting, and the officer was uninjured, Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. The suspect, who was shot in the arm, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

There is a school nearby, Frederiksen Elementary on Tamarack Drive, but Nelson said the shooting did not involve the school in any way.

Patch will update this story as we get more information.

Editor's Note: Frederiksen Lane and Frederiksen Lane Court were blocked off most of the day during the investigation.

The last officer involved shooting in Dublin was in April 2011, when a police officer shot and killed a transient who attacked and beat her.

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Danielle January 25, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Daryl viiolently attacked the police officer -- stomping her head into the ground, if you'll recall -- and she killed him in self-defense. That officer spent time in the hospital because of Daryl. Not sure what you think was so "wrong" about that? Did that officer deserve to be killed because Daryl was having a bad day after learning of his mother's death?
Danielle January 25, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Yeah. You sound like a credible font of knowledge. The Dublin officers are part of Alameda County Sherrifs, trained at the same academy, and have all worked elsewhere in Alameda County other than Oakland. They're some of the most highly trained officers in the state of California. Just because Dublin is generally a safe town doesn't make the officers there "hilarious" or whatever you wish to call them. If anything, it shows they're doing a good job of keeping crime low. So kudos to them. You, on the other hand, appear to have trouble expressing yourself intelligently, and seem to have difficulty abiding by laws that others have no trouble with. Shall we air out the actual skeletons in YOUR closet, versus the made-up ones you so pathetically wag at the "big bad cops" who have clearly "wronged" you while you were "minding your own business" committing your crimes?
Longtime Resident January 25, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Waaaa! Why don't you leave the internet and go work on your GED so we can comprehend half of your crybaby antics.
Gnarleydude January 25, 2013 at 09:48 PM
T40 thats right sister
Elaine Ilmberger January 25, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Thanks for your "highly intelligent", "level-headed", "mature" comment -- haha.
anon January 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM
@gd....people are helping you with your spelling, pick up on it. The suspect was a mentally ill 28 yo with a 12" rambo style knife. He charged an officer with a gun. The officer ( 8 year vetern of Sheriff's dept.) shot him to injure not kill. Sounds like this was the best outcome possible with all the currents facts of the case. Please spell check before submitting. Thank you.
anon January 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM
we got 4 messages. all were very complete with all information
Danielle January 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Do you have experience with firearms? Particularly under stressful, snap-decision circumstances? And particularly when (as described in the update to the article) the target may have been partially barricaded behind a vehicle? If so, you'd know that bullets don't always go precisely where they are intended, even if you are a skilled shooter. And that when you add in high stress, where you don't have time to carefully aim, you're lucky to hit the target at all.
Melissa C January 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM
I got the same call and don't understand why they are worrying parents like that. My child goes to Kolb Elementary - 5 miles away - and the last thing I need is to be worried about something like this when it has nothing to do with my child's school, there is no lockdown, and the incident is contained.
BB January 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM
This is the problem we have, not guns but mentally ill. This is the equivalent of having a sex offender next to a school. Nearly every mass murder, from Norway to the school knife killings in China have been conducted by a mentally ill person. They were all diagnosed before the event and most were under "treatment" Breivik of Norway massacre was diagnosed mentally ill. 77 dead. Central China school attack in dec. 2012 (there are a lot of them in China) 23 injured Virgina Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, Cho's relatives thought that he was selectively mute or mentally ill. On December 13, 2005, Cho was found "mentally ill and in need of hospitalization" - 32 Dead 17 wounded Jared Lee Loughner: 'mentally unstable dropout' - 6 dead Eduardo Sencion – National Guard troops killed, shooter on medication with mental illness. Columbine High School massacre that said shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold gunned down 12 classmates and a teacher in 1999; they were mentally ill. Diagnosed very young. Newtown, 26 dead. Shooter had mental illness. Custodial mother reportedly had "problems" The common thread in the USA with massacres is mentally ill people. We used to institutionalize people that have violent mental illness. Why don't we at least require that all mental ill people be placed in a database that can be accessed as part of a background check on purchasing weapons?
Voter with an ID January 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Birds of a feather...wallowing in their own poop.
Ajax January 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Having a knife on your person doesn't justify shooting them in the arm. There's easier less than lethal means of disarming a threatening person. Get real!!!
T40DublinResident January 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM
@ Danielle. The police report was never given out, not even to the family. Of course the police are going to say he attacked her. They don't want the public to know what really went down. They never once answered any questions asked about it but now all of sudden they're open to answer any questions about this incident? Somethin just isn't right with that. He's been apart of this community for for years and years and I'm sure has has a lot of "bad days" so that's just a lame ass excuse for the cops actions.
d January 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Bb great idea, Danielle: there is actually a nerve in the arm you can hit(shoot) that will cause a suspect to drop their weapon, and with as much practice as any peace officer has with firearms, it is entirely possible that the officer is a "crack-shot" and aimed for the arm. I'm usually the first to criticize police for corruption, it is rampant and it does exist, but I think this officer did a great job disarming the suspect and am grateful that neither officer or suspect lost their lives. Gnarly: I empathize with your situation, I knew many people in high school who are now "career criminals" simply because the police in suburban Livermore needed better job security, when you've been arrested once, you're open game, n unfortunately lose all credibility. To those of you so obsessed with grammar and spelling : get a job.
Pleasanton Mom January 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM
I'm just hopeful there's video from the officer's personal recorder that will put all questions either way to rest. Audio and video that officers have the ability to take with personal recorders (and not the ones in their cars) have a great way of keeping everyone honest. It will be interesting to see if information surfaces that such recordings exist and the story they tell. If there's a claim no recordings exist, I think it would be appropriate for the public to ask a few more questions.
Danielle January 26, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Oh really? What is it? Hugging and a cheerful round of kumbaya? The best way of dealing with deadly force (e.g. charging at someone with a knife) is with deadly force. And since a knife is most lethal up close, it's best to use defensive force that keeps a solid distance between you and that knife. A gun works great for this purpose. Also, see the Tueller Drill, which teaches law enforcement that a person within 21 feet of you can run and reach you within 1.5 seconds. With a knife in hand, that means it will only take 1.5 seconds for them to be stabbing you -- possibly fatally. That's hardly much time to use "easier less lethal methods", especially with someone intent on causing harm (and even after being shot, this guy apparently continued to fight!) YOU need to get REAL, because your assertions are based in an unrealistic, uninformed fantasty world. Probably one fueled by the crap Hollywood dishes out.
Danielle January 26, 2013 at 01:06 AM
So her stay in the hospital and her head injuries were all made up? Or did Dublin police do that to her just to make the story believable? She was legitimately attacked by Daryl, whether you wish to believe it or not, and whether the report was given to the family or not.
Danielle January 26, 2013 at 01:08 AM
The officer apparently shot three bullets. Two missed. One hit. That lends itself more to him firing his gun in the direction of the suspect running towards him with a knife, and hoping something hit the target. And given that this officer likely knows it takes a person only 1.5 seconds to run 21 feet (and with a knife, get close enough to start stabbing), I don't know any officer that's going to waste even a milisecond aiming so precisely for a very small target area on a moving, dangerous target.
Chris Heston January 26, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Folks, Gnarleydude is an online message boards instigator, likely with a mental illness or mentally challenged, who does nothing but try to flare up these message boards. Ignoring him is the only solution until patch creates an ignore button for us. This issue is very simple. When charged by a knife, officers are trained to use their firearm. To not do so would be a blatant violation of training and would be met with an internal investigation, possibly leading to discipline. Anyone taking the time to learn about police procedure will understand this concept.
TJ January 26, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Regarding the comments about this and other Dublin police shootings: The common factor here is assault of and toward police officers. If you run at a police officer with a knife or are assaulting a police officer (in the one incident, enough that she had a hospital stay), you will (and should) be shot. This is what is supposed to happen. Getting shot for smoking weed or driving too fast would be bad but I don't think we have any instances of that here so you're safe. Still, don't be upset if you are smoking weed and the police come "harass" you or you're speeding and get pulled over and "harassed". This is supposed to happen as well. There's a distinguishable difference in comments between the law abiding residents here and the other law abiding residents that are always getting harassed (for smoking weed and speeding or etc) As far as the shot hitting the suspect in the arm, that to me is a great shot that will stop the suspect with an injury less life threatening. Kudos Dublin Police for stopping this situation safely.
Rick January 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Cops need to defend themselves from deadly folks...the cops never know when they'll have encounters like these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgXQK3NfRY4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PSE-EBKPls
D.O. January 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I agree! They should test the system in case of a real emergency had occurred.
Lisa L January 28, 2013 at 12:26 AM
There was an eye witness. She commented on patch following a different article. Her description is a little different than police are reporting to media. The 28 year old who was shot also has a very different description.
Lisa L January 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM
excuse me his father has a different description.
50 years here January 28, 2013 at 06:09 AM
What nearly every comment here is believing at face value is that "The suspect charged the officer with a 12" knife" Exactly what they are trained to say after an incident like this. While the neighbors report claims nothing of the sort. The police are not as honest as most of you believe. Retort if you must, but I know first hand!
Mike smith January 28, 2013 at 07:22 PM
@pleasanto mom, not every police dept. has a personal video/audio recorder. They are expensive. And I can say without a doubt, Dublin police do not have personal video recorders on their shirts.
Mike smith January 28, 2013 at 07:28 PM
FYI..@danielle, yes you are right about ACSO being well trained. I do disagree with you on one point, some ACSO deputies do work or have worked in Oakland on patrol. ACSO has deputies assigned to AC Transit police and Peralta School Police. Most of the police officers in Dublin have worked those other assignments including ETS which is the main patrol division for ACSO and where most Deputies get their patrol training. So they have been trained and been involved in shootings, mentally ill, homicides, etc... Just wanted you to know...
Everywhere N. Nowhere January 29, 2013 at 12:37 AM
IMO the cop should've used a taser first, but at least the guy wasn't shot to death like the homeless man who was killed by a female Dublin cop last year. Maybe the guy will get some help for whatever his issues are. It's not the "big burly" cops you have to watch out for as much as the short statured and tempered ones that like to use excessive force (Napolean complex)
Mike smith February 01, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Sorry, everywhere n. nowhere, but when a suspect charges an officer with a knife, which is considered a deadly weapon, under the California Penal code, he or she is justified in using his firearm to stop the threat, which the deputy did. If you think you can use your taser against a threat by all means try it and get stabbed...
Chris Heston February 01, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Correct Mike, an officer not using appropriate force for the situation (like using a tazer instead of a gun when being charged with a person with a knife), he faces discipline for violating basic police training and protocol. If he survives the attack.


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