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Indian American Nathaniel Prasad killed in police firing; he used firearm first, says police

The police officers retrieved a stolen .22-caliber revolver from the deceased suspect and three spent casings and three empty cylinders.

Fremont Police Department has said that police firing that killed Indian American teen Nathaniel Prasad on April 5 was the result of the deceased using firearms at the police officers who were assigned to bring-in Prasad, who was evading an arrest warrant.

The official press statement of Fremont Police said Prasad, an 18-year-old Hayward resident, was wanted on a felony firearms possession warrant, a felony probation warrant and a misdemeanor evading arrest warrant for fleeing from a Fremont School Resource Officer on March 22.

The press statement details the sequence of actions undertaken by the department. It said the officers identified

Prasad as a co-passenger in a car driven by a female and soon intercepted it. The suspect tried to escape on foot and an officer was on a pursuit. The officer located Prasad near a gas station and when tired confronting him, the 18-year-old took a gun from his wallet and fired two rounds before disappearing towards Fremont Blvd.

By this time, there were six officers chasing Prasad and at one point he once again pulled the gun fired at the officers who returned the fire, knocking him down.

The release also said that the body camera video of the officers and the surveillance camera footage outside the Gas Station are evidence that corroborates the details provided by the officers who were on the pursuit.

The police officers retrieved a stolen .22-caliber revolver from the deceased suspect and three spent casings and three empty cylinders.

Even though emergency life support was administered on Prasad he succumbed to the bullet injuries even before the paramedics arrived on scene.

The police have identified the female who was driving the car as Prasad’s mother and she was taken to the Fremont Police Department and her statement was recorded.

Earlier, Prasad’s family had dismissed the version given by police. “We keep seeing what’s written about him and it does not seem to fit how he was,” said Danny Prasad, father of the deceased.

“The police, they’re saying ‘These are the type of people we need to take off the streets,’ and all those other hurtful comments,” Danny Prasad said. “He was just a scared little kid.”


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