The Stockton Police Department said a loaded 9 mm handgun was found at the scene of an officer-involved shooting late Tuesday that left one man dead after an off-duty San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy encountered two armed and masked men.
The Police Department said the handgun, which was reported stolen, was in the possession of the man who was fatally shot. The gun was found on the ground at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 10:40 p.m. in a Stockton apartment complex parking lot in the 3500 block of West Benjamin Holt Drive.
Police identified the dead man as 21-year-old Keenan Bradley of Stockton.
Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva said the deputy was walking away from his car when he was confronted by two armed men wearing masks. The deputy feared for his safety so he fired his handgun, hitting one of the men several times, he said.
“Both suspects pointed their guns at the deputy’s face and at the point, the deputy didn’t know if he was being robbed, carjacked or being targeted because he was a deputy,” Silva said.
Bradley died at the scene. In addition to the gun, the mask that the man was wearing was also found at the scene.
The other man fled on foot, and is being sought by law enforcement, Silva said. He is only described as an adult male who was wearing a mask and is considered armed and dangerous.
The investigation into the officer-involved shooting will be handled by the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office and the state Department of Justice.
Silva said that the off-duty deputy was presented with a dangerous situation.
“If you just look at the actions of the suspects, they were armed with handguns and dressed in masks,” he said. “They were going to target anyone in that parking lot Tuesday night. It was a very dangerous and violent situation.”