Police: Suspect Shot by Fairfield Officer Didn’t Have Weapon

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A Concord man who was shot by a Fairfield police officer on Monday didn’t have a weapon on him, police said Tuesday.

James Jarrard, 32, is suspected of shooting an 8-year-old child. He was hospitalized Monday after he was hit by police gunfire near the Lowe’s on North Texas Street.

Police say they responded to a caller who recognized Jarrard from media coverage of the Concord shooting. The witness saw Jarrard in a car near the Lowe’s. When the police approached Jarrard, he tried to flee until realizing he was surrounded by police cars, police said. Jarrard ran back toward a pursuing officer. As he was running, he reached for his waistband, police said.

The officer feared Jarrard was reaching for a weapon, police said. With no time to retreat, the officer fired two shots from his service weapon. Jarrard was hit once on the right side of the neck.

Jarrard was taken into custody and officers administered medical aid until paramedics arrived.

No weapons were found on Jarrard. During questioning, Jarrard said he was trying to pull up his pants rather than reach for a weapon.

Jarrard had an attempted warrant out for his arrest out of Concord. The vehicle he was in on Monday was reportedly stolen from Walnut Creek.

Jarrard is now in stable condition in the hospital. Once he recovers, police say he will be sent to Solano County Jail. Jarrard is being charged with possession of a stolen car, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and violation of his state parole.

Per standard department protocol, Officer Zachary Sandoval, a nine-year department veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

–Tyler Heberle filed this report

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