A driver was shot and killed by law enforcement officers on a Stockton street Saturday night, after he allegedly tried to back the car into officers while they stood outside the car, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.
The car was believed to be connected to an armed robbery in Stockton Friday afternoon, sheriff's officials said.
Members of the San Joaquin County Gang Task Force stopped a car in the 200 block of S. Adelbert Avenue about 9 p.m., after they noticed it matched the description of a car involved in an armed robbery on Cardinal Avenue a day earlier.
In the robbery, suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and drove away in a silver Mercedes Benz sedan with paper license plates, officials said.
Officers spotted a car matching that description and then discovered the car had been stolen from Roseville last November, and stopped the car. The two officers, a county sheriff's deputy and a Stockton police officer, got out of their car to approach the driver, the only occupant in the car. The man allegedly put the car in reverse, gunned the engine and backed up toward the officers, the department reported.
One officer fell to the ground, and both officers drew their weapons and shot at the driver, sheriff's reports said.
The driver was shot, and when he was removed from the car, officers said they found a loaded handgun in his waistband. The driver was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and pronounced dead.
The driver's name was being withheld pending notification of family.
The two officers were not injured, and their names are being withheld pending a multi-agency investigation into the shooting, the sheriff's office said.