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Cupertino shooting: Three deputies killed suspected gunman

October 6, 2011 | 12:46 pm

A neighborhood resident is interviewed Wednesday during the police hunt for the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Shareef Allman

Three Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies on routine patrol shot and killed the alleged gunman in the Cupertino workplace shootings Thursday after spotting the armed suspect in a Sunnyvale neighborhood and attempting to make contact with him, authorities said.

"The three deputies on routine patrol are the ones who found him despite all of our efforts," said Sheriff Laurie Smith, referring to the massive manhunt launched for Shareef Allman, 47, after he allegedly fatally shot three co-workers and wounded several others Wednesday at the Lehigh Permanente plant where they all were employed.

The suspect was armed with a handgun, Smith said.

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“All three deputies fired at the suspect,” she said. “He did display in a threatening manner a firearm.”

The identity of the victim must still be confirmed by coroner's investigators but the body matched the description of Allman, she said.

The deputies, two men and a woman whose identities were not revealed, were patrolling the area when one of them noticed some suspicious movement in the neighborhood and they got out of their vehicles, Smith said.

"The subject crouched down behind a vehicle," she said. "Deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect. The suspect was armed. ... All three deputies fired shots. ... The subject was pronounced dead at scene."

It is unclear how the suspect managed to elude officers or where he had been hiding since the shootings at the plant early Wednesday, Smith said. The motive for the shootings is still unknown, she said.


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-- Maria L. La Ganga in Cupertino

Photo: A neighborhood resident is interviewed Wednesday during the police hunt for the suspect, identified as 47-year-old Shareef Allman. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press