Video: Calif. motor officer narrowly avoids gunfire in deadly shootout

Officer Brian Burch quickly returned fire, video shows

Bodycam video published Friday by Mercury News details the moments surrounding a deadly March 24 shootout. Footage shows the suspect shot at Officer Brian Burch, who immediately returned fire and hit the suspect.

By Rick Hurd and Joseph Geha
East Bay Times

FREMONT, Calif. — Fremont police on Wednesday identified an officer who shot and killed a man they said was armed while driving a stolen vehicle last month.

Officer Brian Burch, a six-year veteran with the department, fired the shot that killed 34-year-old Joshua Gloria, 34, of Oakland, on March 24 in the area of state Highway 84 and Ardenwood Boulevard, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said in a statement.

The California Highway Patrol is the lead agency investigating the incident, because it occurred on a highway. Bosques said police were releasing Burch's identity per the department's "transparency protocol."

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office also is investigating the shooting.

The CHP has not commented on its investigation, other than to provide a statement on March 24, hours after the incident happened. In that statement, the agency said Gloria was driving a stolen car "associated with an armed robbery."

"He was an armed suspect at the time of an officer-involved shooting," CHP Officer John Fransen told this news organization last month. "So I think the vast majority of the public can connect the dots on that, without having to get into the minute details on that."

Bosques said previously that publicly identifying the officer was delayed because police did not want to interfere with the CHP investigation.

Fremont police have been involved in 16 shootings since 2012, according to the department. This was the first fatal one this year, and the second police shooting, overall.

(c)2021 the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

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