Man fitting description of Cupertino gunman killed by deputies
A Sunnyvale official said Thursday morning that a man fitting the description of the gunman who killed three fellow quarry workers was shot and killed by Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies on a Sunnyvale driveway.
In a televised news conference, John Pilger, a spokesman for the city of Sunnyvale, all but confirmed that the dead man, whose lifeless body was covered in the driveway, was the suspect, Shareef Allman, 47.
“There was an encounter. Shots were fired. … And the suspect is dead,” Pilger said in a news conference in the Sunnyvale neighborhood that had been closed all morning as law enforcement officials searched for Allman.
Allman had attended a regularly scheduled 4:15 a.m. safety meeting at the Lehigh Permanente plant when he allegedly opened fire with a rifle and handgun.
Later, Allman allegedly shot and wounded a Hewlett-Packard contract employee in the company’s parking lot nearby in an attempt to steal her car.
The shooting set off a massive manhunt involving peace officers, police dogs and helicopters with officers going door to door in neighborhoods in Cupertino and neighboring Sunnyvale.
[For the record, 10:02 a.m.: A previous version of this post referred to John Pilger as a spokesman for the city of Cupertino. He is a spokesman for Sunnyvale.]
-- Sam Quinones
Photo: Shareef Allman. Credit: City of Cupertino / Associated Press