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Coroner ID’s man shot by Redwood City police in domestic dispute

Five officers shot and killed 36-year-old Abran Gutierrez who they allege was armed and ‘presented a threat’ to them

The 36-year-old man killed by police Tuesday has been identified as San Carlos resident Abran Gutierrez, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.

Gutierrez, who was shot dead by five police officers on Tuesday following a domestic dispute with his pregnant girlfriend at the 1500 block of El Camino Real, was the father of a 1-year-old child who was present during the shooting, said Stephen Wagstaffe, San Mateo County district attorney, whose office is leading the investigation.

Investigators are interviewing police officers, witnesses and Gutierrez’s girlfriend and her children, who were in the vehicle during the incident.

Just after 3 p.m., Redwood City police arrived at the scene in response to an emergency call from a woman who appeared to be in distress, according to officials. Officers found the 32-year-old woman, three children ages 1, 4 and 10, and a man inside a car on El Camino Real near Maple Street and Lincoln Avenue.

The 4-year-old and 10-year-old are the woman’s children, according to investigators. The woman is also pregnant with Gutierrez’s child, Wagstaffe said.

Police said Gutierrez armed himself with a handgun shortly after they arrived.

Five Redwood City police officers opened fire on Gutierrez, who they believed “presented a threat” to officers, Mulholland said, adding that Gutierrez “was known to police.” 

No other information about Gutierrez has been released.

In a press release, police said the man “began attempting to use the children as a shield.” Before officers could begin negotiating with the man, “officers perceived the adult male was attempting to shoot the adult female and/or the children.”

Police then responded with deadly force. Officers then removed the loaded handgun from the man, and he was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

It’s unclear whether Gutierrez fired a shot at police.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Redwood City Police are conducting an internal investigation and have also contacted the California Department of Justice per protocol.


Leah Worthington

About the Author: Leah Worthington

Leah, a Menlo Park native, joined the Redwood City Pulse in 2021. She covers everything from education and climate to housing and city government. Previously she worked as the online editor for California magazine in Berkeley and co-hosts a podcast.
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