Fairfield Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

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FAIRFIELD --

Fairfield Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting near a Lowe's hardware store on North Texas Street.

(Courtesy: Concord Police Department)

(Courtesy: Concord Police Department)

The suspect of a shooting that sent an 8-year-old Concord boy to the hospital last Friday was shot by Fairfield police.

Just before 1 p.m., the Fairfield Police Department got a call from a concerned citizen who told the dispatcher they were following who they thought was the suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of a Concord child.

The concerned citizen told police he recognized 32-year-old James Jarrard from the news and social media and followed him into the Lowe's parking lot on North Texas Street in Fairfield.

He observed him from a safe distance and waited for police.

When Jarrard saw an officer approach him, he fled on foot. The officer followed and shot Jarrard near the back of the parking lot.

Jarrard was then transported to the emergency room with critical injuries. He is in custody at the hospital.

Last Friday, investigators said Jarrard shot and injured an 8-year-old boy in Concord. The boy was not the intended target but suffered serious injuries to the neck.

Concord police say Jarrard fled the scene and was deemed armed and dangerous. He was on the run until Monday, when the concerned citizen tipped off police.

Fairfield Police is now giving praise to the concerned citizen for their arrest.

 

“It’s fantastic. It just shows you the power of watching TV, watching social media and keeping a close eye out. Here is a citizen, who goes out of his way to contact us, reporting to us and it turned out to be the right guy. And because of him, we took him into custody,” Lt. Rob Lenke of the Fairfield Police Department said.

Fairfield police, Concord police, and the Solano County DAs office is now handling the investigation of the officer involved shooting.

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