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VIDEO: Gunman’s Shot Grazes Deputy’s Head, Kicking Off Fatal Gun Battle

Hayward, CA – An Alameda County deputy was grazed in the head by a bullet prior to a fatal shootout with an armed suspect in April, recently-released bodycam footage showed (video below).

The incident occurred in the 24900-block of Second Street beginning at approximately 3:40 a.m. on April 17, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) Public Information Officer Ray Kelly said in a Facebook post along with the bodycam footage released on Tuesday.

Multiple callers dialed 911 that day to report 26-year-old Matthew Harry had confronted them and threatened them with a gun, according to the ACSO.

Deputies responded to the area and established a perimeter before they began searching the neighborhood on foot.

Bodycam footage captured the moment when one of the deputies located the suspect hiding in a fenced yard.

“Don’t move!” she yelled as she held Harry at gunpoint. “I’ll shoot you – don’t move!”

A second deputy rushed over and warned her that the suspect was holding a gun, the video showed.

“I got a gun,” Harry confirmed. “Just tell my mom that I love her.”

Deputies ordered the suspect to drop his gun just before gunfire erupted, bodycam footage showed.

“We can confirm the suspect fired at our deputy first, narrowly missing him and almost striking him in the head with a bullet,” the ACSO said in a tweet on April 17.

Harry fired multiple rounds at deputies during the shootout, leaving one deputy with a bullet graze wound to the head, the sheriff’s office said.

Three deputies returned fire, fatally wounding the shooter, KTVU reported.

Bodycam footage showed officers as they secured Harry’s gun and began rendering emergency aid.

According to the ACSO, Harry had “an extensive and violent criminal history,” to include shootings, robbery, assaults, burglary, weapons offenses, and auto theft.

“We are extremely fortunate that our deputies and members of the community were not killed,” the sheriff’s office said.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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