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Armed man critically injured in officer-involved shooting

on February 11, 2013

A man was hospitalized and is currently in stable condition after being shot by Richmond police officers on Monday night. Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation and 911 calls reporting a man with a gun at B Street and Nevin Avenue near the St. John’s Apartments just after 5 pm, said Richmond Police Lt. Bisa French.

The victim was identified Tuesday as Elston Young, a 30-year-old African American man. French said he is in stable condition, but would not say what injuries he sustained. French said Young has prior arrests, but none in Richmond. More than one officer fired shots, though French said she did not know how many. The officers’ names have not been released.

The police would not comment on what Young was doing leading up to the shooting, pending their investigation.

The Contra Costa District Attorney’s office has opened its own investigation into the incident, following the protocol established between the Richmond Police Department and DA’s office for officer-involved shootings, French said.

“We don’t want to be investigating our own officers,” said French. The investigation is “to make sure everything was done right,” or if not, she said, “we want to know that.”

Police did not release information regarding where Young was hospitalized. Following Department policy, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, French said, while the incident is being investigated.

French said the last officer-involved shooting in Richmond was in December 2011.

Rachel de Leon contributed to this report.

The story was updated Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. Richmond Confidential will continue to follow this story.

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