Police: Child’s Shooting in Suisun City, Officer-Involved Shooting in Vallejo are Connected

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VALLEJO — Vallejo Police investigators announced the suspect in last night’s officer involved shooting is directly connected to the Suisun City incident incident, where a 2-year-old boy allegedly accidentally shot himself.

“Powell is the father of the 2-year-old boy that was shot in Suisun yesterday,” Vallejo Police Chief Andrew Bidou said in a joint press conference Monday morning.

On Sunday, at 3:28 p.m., Suisun City Police began their investigation of a 2-year-old boy, who family members said accidentally shot himself in his home. Everyone remained on scene, except the baby’s father, 41-year-old Adam Powell.

“There was no weapon recovered at Suisun City,” Suisun City Police Commander Andrew White said.

Then at 8:40 p.m. the Vallejo Police Department said a man walked toward the Starbucks Coffee on Lincoln Road, and flashed his collapsible assault weapon capable of holding 70 rounds, straight at them.

“The incident happened very quickly. He presented himself. The officers recognized it within a couple of seconds. And drew their weapons, which caused the suspect to flee,” Vallejo Police Lt. Jeff Bassett said.

Before entering the coffee shop, the suspect’s gun jammed, which police said saved the officers’ lives. Officers said they chased him across the parking lot, then shot him three times.

After handcuffing the suspect, Vallejo PD found that the suspect was wearing body armor as well as having another loaded handgun.

“They did not immediately recognize that this was the fellow. When he was transported, in the ambulance, they put it together,” Lt. Bassett said.

The suspect was Adam Powell, a convicted felon and the father of the two year old shooting victim.

At this time, investigators said they do not know if the toddler shot himself, nor do they know what Powell’s motive was at Starbucks. But they do believe what happened outside the Starbucks in Vallejo was premeditated.

“We know the suspect drove by Starbucks, approximately 6 minutes before this confrontation,” Chief Bidou siad.

Chief Bidou said if it was not for his officer’s actions, this situation could have been much worse.

“I think we would all agree that somebody going into our community equipped with an assault weapon, a secondary weapon, and body armor is an extreme danger to everybody so I am so very grateful that out officers took the actions they did,” Chief Bidous said.

Powell remains in stable but critical condition.

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